Friday, October 15, 2010

Bratwurst "Stirfry"

It's Friday!  Once again, I've got to work until 10:30, so no going out.  Bummer, but I guess in a way, it saves us a little bit of money.  Especially after the expensive vacation we just endured.  Don't really have much planned for the weekend either.  I'm just working a couple hours in the morning tomorrow and the rest of the weekend will be spent studying for a Molecular Biology exam that I have on Tuesday!  Sunday, of course, is football day, and might possibly have a few friends over for some dinner (we owe them for watching out dogs, so what better way to thank them than by feeding them?!)
I had some leftover bratwursts from the Currywurst recipe and couldn't just let them go to waste.  I saw this side dish on Guilty Kitchen's blog and decided to use up a few veggies we had lying around!

Bratwurst Stir Fry
Adapted from Guilty Kitchen's Sweet Potato, Kale, & Sausage

1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 clove garlic
2 sweet potatoes, left unpeeled and diced
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
3 bratwursts, sliced into rounds
8 oz kale, chopped
1 yellow squash, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
sea salt to taste
fresh cracked pepper to taste

Heat a large dutch oven under medium high heat and add oil.  Add onions and sauté for 5 minutes, or until starting to soften.
Add in sweet potatoes, garlic, squash, green pepper, and thyme. Sauté for another 5 minutes, or until garlic softens.

Mix mustard and water and add to sweet potatoes. Stir, cover, lower heat to medium low and cook for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. 

Add in sliced bratwursts and cook for 10 more minutes, or until bratwurst are almost done.

Stir in kale, season with salt and pepper and cook for about 5 more minutes.  Serve immediately!

I know it's kind of misleading saying that this is a "stir-fry," but I guess to me, a stir fry is more of a culmination of a bunch of ingredients into one dish, rather than something just pan fried quickly.  This was definitely a great use of some of our leftover squash and green peppers.  There were major layers of flavor in this dish and would definitely be a great side, but even better main course!

Enjoy the weekend guys and I'll be back Monday!


  1. Such an unusual stir fry. Great colors and flavors.

  2. I love it! I make a sort-of similar version of this dish with chicken sausage for my squeeze, who patiently and lovingly endures my 99% vegetarian cooking (and then eats handfuls upon handfuls of sunflower seeds after I go to bed because the poor meat-and-potatoes guy is starving).

    Bet this tasted great, and hey -- best of luck on your exam! (And what team will you be rooting for on Sunday?)

  3. love your stir fry! interesting combination and a variety of colors :)

    have a lovely weekend!
    jen @

  4. I love meals that utilize all the extra/leftover ingredients in your fridge...there is nothing that I love more than having a clean fridge (because that means its time to go out and buy more!) Thanks for sharing...I hope you have a productive AND relaxing weekend.

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog :o) I love one-dish dinners and this one looks great! We love to eat bratwurst quite frequently and this is a great meal for leftovers. Thanks for sharing :o)

  6. Oh my goodness, this looks sooooooooooooooo damn good!!!!! My son? Would nom nom this down (will still have to hide the kale, unfortunately, but everything else- totally nom nom! So looking forward to trying this, thanks for the inspiration!!! Good luck on your exam!!

  7. This sounds delicious and so nice!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the kind comment :)



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