Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Brats


(Just in case you haven't read yet, my precious husband was in a 4-wheeling accident on Sat. He has a 3" gash - all the way through, on his cheek - and because he takes coumadin, he wouldn't stop bleeding.  He was life flighted to the Univ. of Toledo Med. Ctr. - his lip/face swelled gigantically & it took 3 days to stop the bleeding.  He has a fractured top rib & numerous bruises, but we have soooooo much to be thankful for. Thank you for your prayers for him, and for our precious grandkids, Caden & Chloe, who were with him. Thank the good Lord, neither of them were injured, but 10-year-old Chloe, has been traumatized and we covet your prayers for her too.  Any kid would be, to see that much blood. Ron has a very strong spirit and is WOWing the drs. and nurses. We hope to be home by Friday. We have so much to be thankful for and are praising our Lord for His Hand of mercy on Ron's life, and for His Amazing Grace that gets us through times like these.)

This would make a great dish to serve your hungry Super Bowl fans!

It's an 'easy peasy' appetizer recipe that I saw at
The Country Cook. Brandie shares many wonderful dishes and is a very popular blogger in my corner of the blogging world.

I had a few leftover li'l smokes in the fridge and also some turkey bacon. Our son was coming over for a little while so I decided to fix what I had and the family loved it!

I even used Splenda brown sugar and it was sooo yummy.

I love simple, 4-ingredient recipes like this one!

I had to laugh when I decided to get a picture - most of them had already flown off the plate!! Our grandkids were enjoying them right away too.

So the only thing I'd change next time, is that I'll have to make MORE.

Try 'em, you'll like 'em.


BACON WRAPPED BRATS

1 pkg. (14 ozs) fully cooked, smoked bratwurst
6 slices bacon
1/2 c. light brown sugar
1 tsp. dry mustard

Preheat oven to 425. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. (I used nonstick foil - either one helps much with cleanup)

In small bowl, combine brown sugar with dry mustard.

Cut up each brat into 3 pieces.

Cut each bacon slice into 3 pieces.

Wrap each brat slice with piece of bacon. You don't really need to use a toothpick to hold it together, they stick together rather nicely.

Cover each bacon wrapped brat with the brown sugar mixture.  Then place on baking sheet and continue with the rest of your ingredients.

Bake brats for 25 - 30 minutes, or until bacon is crispy.
(if using turkey bacon, I believe it bakes faster)

If you'd like to reduce the grease before serving, place on some
paper towels to absorb grease.  (Don't leave them for long or they will stick)

To serve, just insert toothpicks and serve alongside favorite mustard - yellow, spicy brown, honey mustard, etc.

Works well with the Li'l Smokies.

Recipe makes 24.