28 December 2010

Bubble and Squeak with Bratwurst


Ah, a down home dinner that has nothing tussy-mussy about it. As the football season starts to wind its way toward play offs, I am dealing with a guy who is gearing up for a New England Patriots visit to the Superbowl ... gosh, I hope I didn't just jinx the whole deal!





Shreds of cabbage ready for a buttery saute


Bratwurst ready for a beer braise with added bay leaf and caraway seed



Anyway, we tend to make indoor tailgate food during the last part of the football season, so I told SB that I'd do bratwurst for a late dinner. We'll make a big deal of cracking some beers and having our dinner in front of the football game tonight. Rah, rah, rah! I may not be a huge football fan, but I can get excited about good wurst and a couple good side dishes with a cold beer to chase everything.



Buttery cooked cabbage ready for onion saute and mashed potatoes

So ... Bubble and Squeak ... it's an old, old dish. I first encountered it in a cook book on early American cooking. It's a hot buttery fry of shredded cabbage that has mashed potatoes and caramelized onions mixed in to make a crispy crust that binds the cabbage into a basic pancake. I serve it with a sprinkle of nutmeg and caraway seed and a dollop of sour cream, salt, and pepper. I plan to beer braise the bratwurst and have hot mustard on the side for dipping. Sauteed applesauce and cranberries round out the plate ... simple, sweet, and a nice foil to the cabbage and potatoes. Oh ... and a couple slices of dark pumpernickel bread for wiping up the juices and mustard drips.



All this platter needs is a small bowl of sour cream that has a sprinkling of nutmeg and another small bowl of hot mustard for dipping bites of bratwurst. Hmmmm... lecker! Guten appetit!

6 comments:

  1. Great recipe to eat while watching The Pats win the Super Bowl. Huge Patriots fan in this house!!!

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  2. Dear Susan - This is just what we all need after the heavy lifting, entertaining. Reminds me of the traditional Irish classic - Colcannon which is my fave sides. And the beer braised brats are plain ole' yummy.

    Glad you had a lovely Christmas!

    Chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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  3. I haven't had bubble and squeak in ages. I like the bratwurst addition. Here's to a wonderful 2011 for you!!

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  4. looks like a great version of bubble... mine is always just whatever veg are left over from the night before mushed together and then fried... yummy!

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  5. Love the name! It popped off the page like a foggy memory. So love knowing other people's food traditions. Thanks Susan! Have a great New Year's celebration.

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  6. Looks so yummy Susan! Having lived in Germany for four years, I love all German inspired foods! Thank you for your visit to my site. :)

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