So, I’m having a major love affair with my crock pot recently. With summer hitting hard what is happening is a lot of time spent not being home due to soaking up the sun at the park, pool, or yes of course….baseball field.
Laundry piles up. Mail piles up. The home is in a bit of disarray and dinner? My goodness. I’m lucky if I get to the store to buy milk. That being said, I’m trying to take it week by week and keep up with my kitchen planning. Does it always happen? Heck no. But I’m trying. And relying, A LOT, on the ease of the crock pot. It’s there when I can’t be and doing most of the work for me. So needed.
That being said, I feel crock pot recipes tend to lean on the heavier side, think fall and winter dishes. More cozy and comforting less easy on the waistline. So my goal over the next few weeks is to establish some summer crock pot staple recipes that will carry us through the crazy long fun summer days and into the night. Because is there anything better than a beer braised brat topped with yellow mustard out on the patio?
Not much. These hit. the. spot. I browned them up in the morning and they bubbled away all day in beer, onion, garlic, and…..um, butter. Ok, ok perhaps not the easiest on the waistline but nothing screams summer like a beer braised brats. Delicious.
Get them in your rotation this week. Your busy summer self (and family!) will thank you.
- 8 brats
- 2 sweet onions, sliced thin
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 TBS butter
- 2 12 ounce beers (I used miller lite)
- salt & pepper
- buns, mustard, etc for serving
- Brown the brats on each side for a few minutes in a tiny bit of evoo.
- Place in bottom of slow cooker. Top with onions, garlic, butter, salt & pepper. Pour beers over everything. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
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I feel like my life is in a constant state of chaos as well…..every minute of every day is spent doing something all while trying to enjoy summer. Sigh….I might have to bust out the crock pot too! Not that I have gone grocery shopping in over a month….but we sure do have the beer!
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