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Bratwurst Sandwich with Pickled Red Cabbage, Cucumber Relish, and Horseradish Sauce


For the buns:

1.5 tsp / 6 grams dried yeast

1 cup / 250 grams warm milk

3.25 cups / 400 grams flour

2 Tbsp oil or lard

1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

For the quick-pickled red cabbage:

2 cups red cabbage, shredded into thin strips

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup water

1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

Pint sized mason jar or other vessel

For the cucumber relish:

1 cucumber, finely diced

2 Tbsp fresh dill

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp brown mustard seeds

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

For the horseradish sauce:

8 Tbsp sour cream

1-2 Tbsp grated, prepared horseradish

1 tsp dijon or stone-ground mustard

Pinch salt

Pinch pepper


First make the buns:

  1. Combine warm milk, yeast, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Allow the yeast to activate and become frothy (about 5-10 minutes), then add flour, knead 10 minutes, add salt and knead another minute, then slather in oil, cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise 1 hour.

  2. When dough has risen, divide into 8 equal pieces and shape into buns

  3. Allow to rise again for 60 minutes, or until doubled in size and puffy

  4. Heat oven to 425F

  5. Brush buns with milk for a soft crust, egg wash for a hard, shiny crust

  6. Bake 18-20 minutes until lightly browned and internal temp is 190F

Meanwhile, make the quick-pickled cabbage (can be eaten as soon as its cooled, but best when made at least a few hours in advance):

1. Boil the water

2. add the salt, sugar, cider vinegar and stir to combine.

3. Stuff cabbage into a jar or vessel then pour the brine over the cabbage

4. Place in the refrigerator.

Then make the cucumber relish:

1. Combine all ingredients in a jar

2. Shake well and place in the refrigerator

Now make the horseradish sauce:

1. Combine all ingredients in a small jar or bowl

2. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

To cook the brats and assemble the sandwiches:

1. You can cook the brats entirely on the grill or you can make them the traditional German way, which is braised in beer for 20 minutes and then finished on the grill. YUM!

  1. To serve, place a bratwurst on each bun and condiments on the table, enjoy!


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