Thursday, September 24, 2015

Smoked Bratwurst and Sauerkraut Zeppelin

     Subs, grinders, hoagies, blimps, torpedos and zeppelins are names of sandwiches that are made with baguette style bread loaves  A "Sub" usually refers to a cold sandwich.  "Grinder" usually refers to a hot oven baked sub sandwich.  "Zeppelin or Blimp" are alternative names for a hot or cold sub sandwiches.  When a sub sandwich contains German deli meats or German sausage, then it is fitting to call it a Zeppelin.
     Today's Zeppelin is a simple big hearty sandwich recipe.  A Pumpernickel or a whole wheat sub roll are good choices for this sandwich.  The smoked bratwurst does not need to be sliced before placing it on the sandwich, but it does make massive sandwich much easier handle.
     Smoked Bratwurst and Sauerkraut Zeppelin:
     This recipe yields 1 large sandwich.
     Step 1:  Rinse 1 cup of sauerkraut twice under cold running water.
     Step 2:  Place the sauerkraut in a sauce pot.
     Add 3/4 cup of water.
     Place an 8 to 10 ounce smoked bratwurst sausage on top of the sauerkraut.
     Place a lid on the pot.
     Place the pot over medium low heat.
     Simmer till the sausage is fully cooked.
     Step 3:  Drain the excess liquid off of the sauerkraut.
     Step 4:  Split an 8" sub roll open lengthwise, but do not cut all the way through the bread.
     Place the sub roll crust side down on a baking pan.
     Place a few thin slices of swiss cheese on the sub roll.
     Place the sauerkraut on top of the cheese.
     Either place the whole bratwurst sausage on the sandwich or cut the hot bratwurst into slices and place them on the sauerkraut.
     Step 5:  Bake the sandwich in a 350ºF oven, till the bread is lightly toasted and the cheese melts.
     Step 6:  Fold the top half of the zeppelin that only has melted cheese on it over top of the bratwurst and sauerkraut.
     Set the sandwich on a plate.
     Serve with pickles and dill new potato salad.
     Serve with some German mustard on the side.
     Dill Bliss Potato Salad: 
     This recipe yields 2 portions!
     Step 1:  Boil 8 ounces of red bliss potatoes in water, till they are fully cooked.
     Chill the potatoes in a refrigerator.
     Cut the chilled boiled potatoes into bite size slices.
     Place the sliced new potatoes in a mixing bowl.
     Step 2:  Add 1 chopped green onion.
     Add 1 tablespoon of chopped onion.
     Add 2 pinches of chopped parsley.
     Add 4 pinches of chopped dill.
     Step 3:  Add 1 tablespoon of sour cream.
     Add 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard.
     Add just enough mayonnaise to bind the ingredients together.
     Mix the ingredients together.
     Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
     Chill the potato salad in a refrigerator.
     The aroma of smoked bratwurst, swiss cheese and sauerkraut is really nice on a chilly day!

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