To continue getting ready for the final push of this season’s basketball tournament (you know the one… you have at least 2-3 brackets going, even though Harvard threw you off, too!), I had to keep going with some great food to have.
Again, I need to disclose that the bratwurst used was supplied to me by Johnsonville Sausage. This isn’t a review of their products, but they provided the product, and they make great bratwurst, which I used for these sandwiches.
I took the new Johnsonville lower fat bratwurst to make burgers by slicing the sausage open and removing the meat, combining 2 sausages for per burger. From there, things went a little nuts…
I sliced apples and onions, too, and grilled all of it. I have to say that the grill, with apple and onion slices grilling, smelled amazing! The burgers grilled over a medium hot heat while the apple and onion grilled over a bit lower heat area on the grill, and everything took about 10 minutes. I also had a few brat links grilling for another sandwich of sorts.
Then something snapped in my brain, and I also fixed some crispy bacon and some small hashbrown rounds (just thinly sliced potato strips browned in a skillet). I grilled a couple pretzel buns, and took the top and bottom of one of them and set it on a cool part of the grill (not heat under the bun) after it was grilled and covered both top and bottom cut sides with grated cheddar. Right behind that, I stacked the brat burgers with brie cheese between them; this stacking seems to really make the cheese gooey and melty!
Time to build the sandwiches!
The Basketball Brat Burger stack, bottom to top:
Pretzel bun bottom, then grilled onion, then Johsonville brat burger/brie/Johnsonville brat burger stack, followed by sliced apples, crispy bacon and apple chutney, then topped with the pretzel bun top. Huge, but absolutely one of the best brat burgers ever!
Double Dribble Brat Sandwich, also top to bottom:
Pretzel bun bottom with melted cheddar, 2 Johnsonville brats, side by side, hash brown patty, bacon strips, pretzel bun top with melted cheddar. The potatoes are great on this sandwich, and the whole combo was just fantastic!
I’m out of bratwurst, thankfully. Now we just have to wait to see who makes it to Monday’s game. I’m not biased, but… Go Bucks!!! (I lied; I’m biased!)