Friday, April 7, 2017

Texas Tommy Brat Sandwich with Alien Honey Mustard

     A Texas Tommy Style Bratwurst Sandwich!
     The original Philadelphia style Texas Tommy is a Processed American Cheese stuffed Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog.  A Texas Tommy can be deep fried or roasted in an oven till the bacon is crisp.  The cheese stuffing inside the hot dog becomes warm enough to melt when a Texas Tommy is cooked just right.  Biting into a Texas Tommy is pure junk food heavan! 
     Making a Texas Tommy with a Bratwurst is fairly easy to do.  The raw Bratwurst has to be fully cooked, then cooled, before it can be stuffed with cheese.  Swiss Cheese is a better choice for a Bratwurst than American Processed Cheese, especially if a sweet mustard sauce is spread on the roll.     
     Agave Nectar sweetened German Deli Style Mustard tastes nice on its own.  Spicing up the sweet mustard sauce with Wasabi Powder adds a little bit of zesty horseradish flavor.  This favor combination tastes good on a Texas Tommy Bratwurst Sandwich. 

     Alien Honey Mustard:
     This recipe yields a little less than 1/2 cup.  (Enough for 3 or 4 sandwiches.)
     Alien Honey Mustard is Agave Nectar and Wasabi flavored German Deli Style Mustard.  Alien Honey is the brand name of the Agave Nectar used in this recipe, so the "Alien" name stuck.  Alien Honey Mustard is a nifty name for a sandwich spread!       
     Step 1:  Place 1/4 cup of German Deli Style Mustard in mixing bowl.  (Smooth German Mustard.)
     Add 1 teaspoon of Wasabi Powder.
     Add 1 pinch of cayenne pepper.
     Add 3 tablespoons of Agave Nectar.  (Alien Honey!)
     Mix the ingredients together.
     Step 2:  Place the Alien Honey Mustard in a container and chill the sandwich spread till it is needed.

     Fresh Bratwurst Preparation:
     This recipe yields 1 portion.
     Gently poaching a fresh sausage will prevent the sausage casing from splitting. 
     Step 1:  Select a 6" to 8" fresh Bratwurst.
     Step 2:  Place enough water in a sauce pot to cover the bratwurst with 1" of extra water.
     Place the pot over medium low heat.
     Adjust the temperature so the water is 157ºF.
     Step 3:  Add the Bratwurst.
     Gently simmer till the Bratwurst texture is firm and the sausage casing is set.  
     Step 4:  Remove the pot from the heat.
     Remove the Bratwurst from the pot and set it aside.
     Step 5:  Heat a cast iron griddle over medium/medium low heat.
     Pour 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil on the griddle.
     Grill the Bratwurst till it is fully cooked (165ºF center temperature and lightly browned. 
     Step 6:  Set the bratwurst aside and let it cool to room temperature.
     Chill the Bratwurst in a refrigerator to 41ºF.   

     Blanched Bacon:
     This recipe yields enough blanched bacon to wrap a 6" to 8" Bratwurst.
     Bacon only has to be grilled at a low temperature till the fat turns from opaque to translucent to be blanched.  
     Step 1:  Heat a cast iron griddle over low heat.
     Place 4 or 5 strips of cured bacon on the griddle.  (4 strips for a 6" Bratwurst or 5 strips for an 8" Bratwurst)
     Blanch the bacon till the fat turns a clear color, with no browning at all.
     Step 2:  Set the limp blanched bacon strips aside on a platter and let them cool to room temperature.

     Texas Tommy Brat Preparation:
     Step 1:  *The idea is to cut a pocket the length of the Bratwurst, so the cheese can be stuffed in the center before the Bratwurst is bacon wrapped.
     Use a paring knife to cut halfway into the bratwurst from almost end to end, to create a shallow pocket.
     Step 2:  Cut 2 strips of Swiss Emmantaler Cheese that measure 3/16" x 3/16" x 5".  (A 5" length is enough to stuff a 6" Bratwurst.  A 7" length will be needed for an 8" long Bratwurst.  
     Stuff the cheese into the Bratwurst pocket.   
     Step 3:  Place 1 strip of blanched bacon lengthwise over the cheese stuffed pocket and hold it in place.
     Step 4:  *2 or 3 strips of blanched bacon will be needed to completely wrap the Bratwurst.  Each slice of bacon must be pinned in place with a toothpick, so the bacon does not unravel when the Bratwurst is cooked.  The Bacon must be wrapped so it overlaps or the cheese stuffing will leak out when cooked.
     Use the other hand to wrap 1 strip of blanched bacon around one end of the bratwurst.
     Fasten the bacon wrapping with toothpicks on each end to keep it in place.
     Start wrapping the Bratwurst with the second sliced of blanched bacon, where the first slice left off and pin it in place with toothpicks.
     *If a third slice of bacon is needed to completely wrap the stuffed Bratwurst, then follow the same procedure.
     Step 5:  After the Swiss Cheese Stuffed Bratwurst is completely wrapped with bacon, place it on a platter.
     Chill the prepared Texas Tommy Brat till it is needed.  

     Texas Tommy Brat Sandwich with Alien Honey Mustard:
     This recipe yields 1 sandwich.
     Step 1:  Place the prepared Texas Tommy Brat on a roasting pan.  (Try to set the Bratwurst on the pan so the side with the cheese stuffing faces up.)
     Place the pan in a 350ºF oven.
     Bake till the bacon is golden brown and and the bratwurst is piping hot.
     Keep the Texas Tommy Brat warm on a stove top. 
     Step 2:  Warm a 6" to 8" Soft Crust Sub Sandwich Roll in an oven.
     Split the sub roll open lengthwise.
     Spread a thin layer of Alien Honey Mustard on the sub roll.
     Step 3:  Remove the toothpicks from the Texas Tommy Brat and place it on the sub roll.
     Place the Texas Tommy Brat Sandwich on plate.
     Place a small ramekin of extra Alien Honey Mustard on the plate.  (About 2 tablespoons.)
     Garnish the plate with a pickle of your choice and a curly leaf parsley sprig.  

     A Texas Tommy Brat with sweet zesty mustard will surely satisfy deep junk food cravings like nothing else can!    

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