Brats are sometimes thought of as a summertime staple, but you don’t have to wait until the weather is warm to enjoy these tasty tubes of meat. Dozens of flavors of brats are in your supermarket, each of which you can successfully prepare in your oven. Watch your cheese brats when cooking them whole so they don’t split open and ooze out their cheesy filling. Or slice 'em up beforehand and add them to casseroles, and their cheesy goodness will contribute flavor to the entire dish.
One of the best ways to ensure that your brats get fully cooked but retain maximum moisture is to cook them on a broiling pan: Simply add some water to the bottom of the pan and arrange the brats across the slotted openings on top. Set your oven to broil, and let the brats broil for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once during cooking. Remove them from the oven and serve them with your favorite brat condiments, such as mustard and sauerkraut.
If you want to enhance the flavor of your cheese brats, wrap them in bacon. Before doing so, cook the bacon for a few minutes in the oven. Wrap one strip of bacon around each brat and place them on a rack over a baking sheet. Cook at 350-degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 20 minutes. If you don't have a rack, you can cook your brats directly on the baking sheet, but turn them halfway through cooking so that the bacon browns evenly. For best results, use thin-sliced bacon.
Baked Brats and Sauerkraut
Brats and sauerkraut go together like peas in a pod. Try baking them together to make a moist, flavorful meal. Line a baking dish with drained sauerkraut and season it if desired. Arrange the brats on top of the sauerkraut and bake it for 15 to 20 minutes at 350-degrees Fahrenheit. If you want that signature snap brats are known for, brown your brats in a skillet on the stove top for a few minutes before baking.
Think outside the brat and make a savory brat-dish for dinner. Slice your brats into 1/2-inch pieces and add them in lieu of or in addition to other ingredients in a favorite casserole or create a new one. Mix sliced brats with potatoes, green beans and cream of mushroom soup and bake for 45 minutes at 350-degrees Fahrenheit for a simple yet hearty meal. Or give the tater-tot hot dish an update by replacing ground hamburger with sliced cheesy brats.
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