By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com
I like hot dogs, sausage, and bratwurst as much as the next person but really do not like the calories involved. I have tried the non-fat turkey hot dogs but they are made with the poultry version of the “pink slime” you find in beef (or used to find before the public was made aware of it.) I am browsing the store and run across Chicken Jalapeño and Cheese Bratwurst. It sounds better than pork health wise and on inspection of the package I find that they only have 200 calories each. By using a whole grain white bun at 100 calories, I am able to keep the “sandwich” down to 300 calories. This gives me another 120 or so to use with baked fries (for a total of under 500 calories)!
I make some caramelized onions for a topping and cook the bratwurst on medium high in a skillet, surrounded by a bottle of Guinness Stout beer. I cool all of the alcohol out but use the hops and flavor from the beer to give the bratwurst an extra kick of flavor. During this time I bake the Ore Ida Golden Crinkles in the oven.
30 minutes goes by and I have every component ready to go. I slightly toast the bun, add the bratwurst, top it with spicy mustard, and then with the onions. I side it with a handful of fries, add some ketchup, and am good to go. The bratwurst has the expected resistance from the casing and the cooked-down flavor of the beer really works well with the chicken and jalapeño cheese. The bratwurst itself does not have as much flavor as it’s pork cousin, but has far fewer calories and fat and the reduced beer and onions makes up for what is missing.
I really enjoy the sandwich and my family does as well. Nothing is left on anyone’s plate and that is a good sign!