An easy dinner for beer and brat lovers made with plenty of cheese.
This is game food at it’s finest. Beer, bratwurst sausage, cheese and potato. What else could you even want?
The best thing about this casserole is how much flavor it packs with such few ingredients. That’s because we are starting with really flavorful ingredients and letting them do all the heavy lifting!
I suggest a German-style bock beer for this to go perfectly with the bratwurst sausages. I used a more modern type of bock called maibock, which is a bit lighter in color and more hop-forward. This one in particular was called Lashes Lager from one of my favorite Boston area breweries, Jack’s Abbey.
First, brown up the sausages.
Once they're browned, add in the beer and lightly simmer until they're almost cooked through.
Meanwhile, mix the cream cheese with the cheddar. When the sausages are done, strain the beer and slowly whisk it into the cheese mixture to form the sauce.
Slice up the sausages for the casserole.
Hash browns on the bottom, then sausages next.
Then pour on that delicious sauce!
While it bakes, brown up some breadcrumbs in butter.
This is super comforting, filling food for this time of year. Tuck into this while you watch the game or a movie and you won’t want to move for a while!
Dan Whalen (@tFimB) is always happy to use his favorite local beers in recipes. He has been blogging for over 6 years at The Food in My Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!