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Sliced Brat Hoagies


Summertime grill time.  Cooking on the grill can be hot but when done the kitchen is not.  Brats cooked on the grill are the best way to brat.  The outside obtains this crunchy, slightly burnt layer and all the juices remain inside keeping the brat moist and delicious.  To watch brat juices pour out of a slightly cool brat is mouth watering.  Knowing the brat was going to be piled high with sauerkraut and yellow mustard for a Reuben Brat Hoagie was almost too much.

Modifications Made:
French bread seemed weak when compared to the flavors of this sandwich so a hearty ciabatta hoagie was toasted and used instead.  Brats were sliced as thin as possible and stacked in several layers with a slice of cheese between each layer.  Sauerkraut used was from the cold packed variety instead from a can.  Cold pack sauerkraut offers a nice crunch not obtained from canned sauerkraut.  Yellow sweet onions were caramelized in bacon grease.  Thousand Island dressing is a key ingredient to any reuben sandwich. and is rated even worse than mayonnaise at this table. At least mayo will be used for tuna fish, deviled eggs, and potato salad.  Thousand Island dressing is not now, not ever.  Plain yellow mustard was used instead offering a nice tang to the sausage.  Sandwiches were piled high.  With hot toasty bread, hot sliced brats, hot well drained sauerkraut, the layer of swiss cheese melted immediately removing any reason to place the sandwich in the oven.

Scaled for Likability: Good
As it turns out, a reuben brat hoagie was just too much.  For me, anyways.  A brat is just too much on a bun, sliced on a hoagie, or served on a plate with mashed potatoes.  Table counterparts on the other hand, prefer brats over hot dogs especially when there is sauerkraut involved.  The table counterparts ate their sandwiches merrily and when done smacking lips and cleaning off fingers of brat juice, they were saddened to learn there was not enough for leftovers.  Sorry plate mates, there are only five brats to a package and each of your hoagies had close to one and half brats each.  You can rock paper scissors for the last brat tomorrow.

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