Acabonac Farms Fall Inspired Apple Cider Bratwurst

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Acabonac Farms Fall Inspired Apple Cider Bratwurst

Nothing says fall quite like crisp, sweet and tart apples. Today we're taking our savory grass fed all beef bratwurst to the next level by cooking them in hard cider and pairing it all with a tangy apple slaw highlighted by tart dried cranberries. 

Cider Brats

1 lb Acabonac Farms grass fed all beef bratwurst, defrosted
1 sweet apple (like fuji or gala) cut into large slices
1/2 sweet onion cut into large slices
1 can hard cider (non-alcoholic can be substituted)
1 TBL black peppercorns

-Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan and bring to simmer.
-Simmer for 15 minutes, allowing the bratwurst to cook in the cider and absorb delicious onion, pepper and apple flavors.

While your brats are cooking it's a great time to make your apple slaw. If pressed for time, this slaw can be made up to two days ahead of time and stored tightly covered in the refrigerator. It even gets better overnight!

Acabonac Apple Slaw

Acabonac Farms Apple Slaw Ingredients

1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil (*note you will want to use an oil with a light flavor)
1 TBL agave syrup or honey
1+1/2 TBL whole grain mustard
1/2 TSP ground cinnamon
1/2 TSP ground ginger
1/2 TSP ground cumin
3/4 TSP salt
1/2 TSP ground black pepper
2 c slaw mix (shredded green cabbage and carrots)
1/4 c dried cranberries
1 sweet apple
1 tart apple

-Combine vinegar, oil, honey, mustard, salt, pepper and spiced in large bowl and whisk well until combined. Dressing should maintain partial emulsion and oil should not separate out. 
-Chop apples into small dice
-Add slaw mix, apples and cranberries to the same bowl you mixed the dressing in, toss to combine

-Remove brats from simmering cider and crisp up in a lightly oiled pan or griddle set over medium heat
-Lightly toast buns in the same pan you used to crisp the brats
-Serve brats with slaw on top and as a side salad, it tastes so good you will want to eat it by itself!


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