Put these tips into play for a winning combination your team can celebrate.
Swap Up with Sausage. Transform typical dishes, by swapping sausage into recipes, such as chili and nachos, which typically incorporate ground beef. The built-in flavor lends great taste and convenience to these dishes. Instead of chips and queso, add brat sausage to your nachos to make brat-chos. Or give this MVP Chili recipe a try!
- 2 packages of Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage Links (use mild links for less spicy chili)
- 1 large onion
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons chili powder (use mild chili powder for less spicy chili)
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1 bottle (12 ounces) dark beer (OK to substitute light beer or 1 cup beef stock)
- 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 can (15.5 ounces) red kidney beans
- 1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans
- 1-1.5 cups corn (frozen or fresh off the cob)
- salt and pepper
- De-case sausage and sauté in large pot; use wooden spoon to crumble sausage as it cooks.
- Once sausage is nicely browned, stir in onion, garlic, chili powder and cumin and continue cooking until onion softens, about 5 minutes.
- Add beer and allow it to simmer for an additional 5 minutes scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
- Stir in tomatoes and tomato paste and allow it to simmer, uncovered for an additional 10-15 minutes on medium-low, stirring occasionally.
- Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.
- Finally, stir in beans and corn.
- Let this come to a simmer and it’s ready to serve! (Can be prepared a day ahead.)
Sweeten Up Your Spread. To mix in sweet with the savory options, find a spot on the table for some fresh fruit flavor. Favorites such as fruit salad, fruit pizza or fruit kabobs can make for a delectable treat to accompany the rest of your game-day fare.
Mix it Up. Smoky flavors and bourbon are trending upward in kitchens, backyards, bars and restaurants across the country. Combine the two for a creative spin to your beverage spread. Seep Johnsonville Fully Cooked Smoked Brats in bourbon for about a day to extract smoky and savory flavors, and mix the bourbon for a modern twist on the Manhattan cocktail.
Smokey Sausage Manhattan
- 2 ounces Sausage-Infused Bourbon
- 1 ounces Sweet Vermouth
- 1 dash Angostura Bitters
- 3 Cherries
In ice filled mixing glass, add all ingredients and stir for at least 30 seconds. Strain into martini glass and garnish with 3 cherries on a pick.
- Cut Johnsonville Fully Cooked Smoked Split Rope Sausage into 1/2-inch slices.
- In glass jar with tight lid (canning jar is ideal) add sliced brat with 6 ounces of bourbon and let sit for 24-48 hours.
- Strain through coffee filter into clean container.
- Discard sliced brats.