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Skillet Brats & Peppers with Cheesy Cauliflower "Grits"

Do you ever have random beers that find their way to your fridge? We definitely do! My husband is pretty selective when it comes to what beer he will drink and I am pretty much a 100% wine drinker, so when stray beers end up in our fridge, I use them to cook! This recipe is not challenging and the photos aren't show stoppers, but the flavors are there for sure. This has been a repeat recipe in our house for a while. You can accomplish similar flavor and the tender bratwurst texture of this recipe by using a crockpot (sear the brats on a grill then throw the brats, peppers and beer into a crockpot and cook on low for at least 4 hours). Tonight though, it seems some storms are rolling into Austin, TX (along with cooler weather...yeyyy!), so I strayed from the grill to avoid a potential drown rat look.

Skillet Brats & Peppers


1 package Brat Hans Organic Bratwurst Chicken Sausage (or other bratwurst of choice)

1 tsp olive oil

3 bell peppers (red, orange and green), sliced in strips

1 bottle of beer

salt and pepper to taste


1. heat olive oil in large skillet on medium high heat

2. Sear the peppers for about 2 minutes

3. move the peppers to the outer edges of the skillet and arrange the bratwurst in the middle of the skillet, sear for 3 minutes, flip, and sear for another 3 minutes

4. season the peppers and brats with salt and pepper

5. remove your skillet from heat for a few minutes to cool down a bit and then pour the beer into the skillet

6. move the skillet back to the heat and bring it to a simmer for about 10 minutes

7. serve bratwurst and peppers over cheesy cauliflower "grits" (you can even add some of the liquid from the skillet on top for extra flavor!)

Cheesy Cauliflower "Grits"


1 head cauliflower, chopped

1/2 cup organic vegetable broth

1/2 cup organic shredded mozzarella cheese

salt and pepper to taste


1. place chopped cauliflower in a large pot and add water to make the pot about halfway full

2. bring the pot of cauliflower and water to a boil and boil for about 10 minutes, the cauliflower should be tender, but not super soft

3. drain the cauliflower using a colander and return to the large pot

4. use a hand mixer (like this one!) to break the cauliflower into very small pieces resembling the texture of risotto

5. use a large spoon and mix in the broth, cheese, salt and pepper

6. serve immediately

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