There’s nothing worse than having leftovers and not knowing what to do with them, especially when it comes to food like brats. If you’ve ever been in the position of not knowing what to make with leftover brats, you’re not alone. A lot of people think that leftover brats are just for sandwiches, but the truth is there are many different dishes you can make with them. Take a look at some of our ideas below so the next time you have leftover brats after a cookout, you don’t have to even think about wasting them.
What Are Brats?
Brats are a type of sausage. Brats are usually made with pork and beef, but they can also be made with other types of meat or even vegetables. Brats come in different shapes, sizes, colors, flavors and degrees of spiciness. The word “bratwurst” actually means “pork sausage.” And while it’s traditionally eaten for breakfast in Germany, here at home we eat them anytime!
Types of Brats
Brats come in a variety of different types. Some common types of brats include: American, Polish, and German. The difference between these types of brats is the type and amount of spices and seasonings used.
American brats are common due to the fact that they are cheap and easy to make. These brats can be made easily with any meat, seasoning, and a sausage stuffing machine.
Polish brats are most commonly seen in northern parts of the United States because they use more garlic than most types of brats. Polish brats use beef or pork just like American brats but uses more garlic powder with a variety of other spices.
German brats are the most common type of brat served in Wisconsin . These brats use beef or pork with a variety of other spices to give them a very distinct flavor. German brats also need to be steamed the day before they are served to create the best flavor.
How to cook & store leftover brats properly so they can be used again
This step will vary depending on the type of brat being cooked but the steps below should help with most types:
1) When cooking a fresh uncooked brat, it is important to not overcook it in order to preserve its flavor and texture. A good rule of thumb is when the meat reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit it is done.
2) If you are cooking brats in a smoker, it is important to keep the temperature at 225 degrees Fahrenheit or lower when smoking.
3) If you are cooking brats on a grill, try not to flip the brats more than once in order to preserve their flavor and texture.
4) When storing cooked brats make sure they are completely cooled off before refrigerating them.
5) Store brats in the refrigerator no longer than one week. If you are looking to keep them beyond that time, it is best to freeze them.
Some of our favorite ideas and recipes using leftover brats
There are many ideas you can make using leftover brats. Here are some of our favorite dishes using leftover brats:
Shrimp and leftover brat casserole
Drain a can of mushroom soup into bottom of oven-safe baking dish. Heat two cups of frozen shrimp in the microwave for approximately three minutes, or until they are fully thawed and heated through. Add four leftover brats cut into half inch pieces and one cup of chopped onion to the oven-safe baking dish. Add the shrimp and mix everything together. Place everything in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until bubbling around the edges of the pan. Serve immediately with French bread.
Leftover Bratwurst pizza
Prepare your favorite dough recipe, divide into two parts, and roll out to fit your pizza pans. Heat up some leftover bratwurst in the microwave for approximately one minute, or until hot throughout. Top the dough with spaghetti sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and bratwurst pieces. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until crust is golden brown around the edges of the pan.
Leftover Brat patty melt
Warm up some chopped leftover brats in a pan on the stove. Drain off excess fat and add salt, pepper, onion powder, and diced onion if desired. Put brat mixture between slices of bread with cheese of choice. Broil until cheese is melted.
Creamy bratwurst skillet
Mix together one can of cream of mushroom soup, 1/4 cup milk, and two tablespoons of diced onion. Heat in frying pan until bubbling around the edges. Add leftover bratwurst pieces and heat thoroughly. Serve hot over white rice or mashed potatoes.
Middle Eastern kebab
Mix together one cup finely chopped red onion (such as Vidalia), two tablespoons lemon juice, three cloves of chopped garlic, and one teaspoon red pepper flakes. Cut each leftover brat into four pieces like you would cut a hot dog bun. Add the brat pieces to the marinade mixture and stir until all sides are thoroughly coated with marinade. Simmer this in a frying pan for thirty minutes or until the brats are fully heated through. Serve over couscous with chopped tomatoes and cucumbers on top.
If you have leftover brats from a cookout, barbecue, or other outdoor event and are looking for new recipes to try with them then this blog post is just the thing. From casseroles to pizzas and more, if you’ve got some leftovers on hand don’t fret! These easy-to-follow instructions will help you put together some great dishes that use up your leftover brats so they won’t go to waste.