Grilled brats are great on their own, but if you don’t have a grill, or you want to make some football or baseball food ahead of time, these braised sausages are the answer. Brown the bratwursts in butter, remove them from the pan, add the onions and crushed mustard seeds to the meaty butter, and slow-cook until softened and sweet. Nestle the brats in the onions, add the beer, and cook until the flavors mingle into a savory, onion-y sauce. Serve on hoagie rolls slathered with sweet-hot mustard.
What to buy: We prefer Newcastle Brown Ale in this recipe, though any good-quality brown ale will do.
Game plan: The brats and onions can be made a day ahead through step 3, then rewarmed when ready to serve.
You’ll need to make the Sweet Hot Mustard before you begin.
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