Our Mini Family: Sausages and Brats Bar Party -- Dude Approved!


May 7, 2015

Sausages and Brats Bar Party -- Dude Approved!

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Hey there! Adam of the Our Mini Family duo speaking. Today, I'm taking the reigns of the blog, and I'll be speaking a bit to you about grilling some of my favorite foods for a party by the pool: sausages and brats. 


When Cathy told me that I could write a blog post, I was actually pretty nervous about it. I've done maybe 2 or 3 since she started the blog. But when she told me it was for grilling I knew I had this in the bag! Food is EVERYTHING! Good food, that is. And by good food, I mean food that has sustenance and tastes fresh and savory. For the sausages and brats bar, I wanted to show off my go-to condiments for savory and sweet sausages and brats (and then show off some foods that pair well with them). In no particular order, my favorite sausages and brats condiments are: relish, onion, chili, New Heinz® Yellow Mustard, peaches, pineapple, and banana peppers. 


Since the high today in Phoenix was over 100 degrees, I wanted to be cautious not to keep the ingredients outside for too long (as we were afraid the food may spoil). Check out the full recipes from some of the supporting roles of the sausages and brats bar below: avocado salsa, soft pretzels, and onion rings!


Avocado Salsa:
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of chopped tomato
  • 2 cups of mashed avocado
  • 1/4 cup of diced Vidalia onion
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon of cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • A pinch of garlic powder
Directions: 
  1. Chop and prep the tomato, onion, and pineapple. Set aside in the fridge.
  2. Mash the avocados and combine with tomato, onion, and pineapple.
  3. Sprinkle with cilantro, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix.
  4. Serve chilled with chips (or as a sausages and brats topping like I do!) 

At-Home Soft Pretzels:
Ingredients:
  • 1 regular pizza dough (thawed)
  • 1 egg
  • Salt

Directions:
  1. Roll out the dough onto a non-stick baking sheet with a rolling pin (this is a similar method you would use as if you were going to make pizza). 
  2. Using a pizza cutter, divvy up your dough into 1 inch wide lengths (see here). 
  3. Then make a "U" shape with your 1 inch wide lengths. Once you have your U, grab each side to pull the sides down and criss cross them at the ends to make a pretzel shape. Cathy has a picture tutorial on how to shape pretzels--click here to see it
  4. Using a cooking brush, dab on a egg on top of the dough and spread it.
  5. Sprinkle the dough with salt and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. 
  6. Serve warm, and try dipping it into the new Heinz Yellow Mustard! 

I haven't ever met someone who doesn't like soft pretzels, so any pool party that has those is a success in my book! And I think it's safe to say the same thing goes for onion rings, too.


Stovetop Onion Rings:
Ingredients:
  • 1 Vidalya onion, chopped into thick slices
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup of half and half

Directions: 
  1. Chop and prepare your onion into thick slices and rings. 
  2. Combine flour and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl. 
  3. Crack an egg in a small bowl, and toss the onions in the egg mixture. Let the onion soak up the egg.
  4. Drop the egg-coated onion into the flour and salt mixture, and roll it around. Set aside on a plate.
  5. Continue with this process until you have prepared all of your onion rings. 
  6. Now, spread out your breadcrumbs on a separate plate and let them lay flat.
  7. Dip your onion rings into the half and half, and then place them onto the breadcrumbs plate.
  8. Press down gently, so that the onions rings can grab the breadcrumbs. Roll them around.
  9. Use excess breadcrumbs to fill in empty patches. Repeat this process for rest of onion slices.
  10. Fill a stovetop pan with vegetable oil and put on medium heat. 
  11. Drop the onion rings into the stovetop pan. Flip every 45-60 seconds until golden brown.
  12. Remove from pan when fried, and place on top of plate with paper towel (to soak up oil).
  13. Serve warm and enjoy with the new Heinz Yellow Mustard! 

Did you notice the cardboard onion rings snack holder? Those are actually a part of a DIY post that Cathy previously shared on the blog. If you want to see the tutorial on how to make the onion rings holders for your party, click here


When I was picking out some stuff to decorate for the party, I wanted to keep it simple and straightforward.


I really dig these denim letters--I bought them, but they would definitely be easy enough to make. To adhere fabric to wooden or letters, you would need an adhesive like mod podge.


This chalkboard sign was kinda cool! It caught my eye when I was looking for decorations, and chalkboard is all the rage these days (Cathy has way too many things painted in chalkboard in the house haha). If you wanted to make your own chalkboard sign as shown above, you'd need: a plain wooden easel, chalkboard paint, a paint brush, distressed grey paint, and distressed white paint.


Keeping with the red, white and blue (with a little bit o' country) theme we have for our party food for dudes, we brought in just a little bit more decoration. Cathy insisted on mason jars for drinks!


To decorate a regular mason jar as shown at our party, you would need: mason jars, burlap fabric, denim fabric, twine, scissors, and a hot glue gun. First, you layer the burlap on top of the mason jar and adhere it with a glue. Let it dry, then layer the denim on top--I am not a huge fan of the white lace on there, so the denim brings in that more macho dude look that I really wanted. Then, you will attach the denim to the burlap layer with more glue and let it dry again. Finally, tie it off with some twine and make a ribbon if you're crafty like that.


Rather than just laying the silverware in a mess all in one pile, you can make individual packs and display them in a metal bucket like I did. This is a really easy way to organize silverware and make your guests feel special if you're planning on hosting a grilling party.

And speaking of grilling, my mouth is watering as I go through and add these pictures of the brats we all made at the party!


Some of my favorite flavor combinations with condiments are classic, and some are a bit unique. Check 'em out below:






And there you have it! Those are my favorite sausages and brats flavor combinations! As for that last one, I really like that the Heinz Yellow Mustard does not come out watery and making my bread soggy.


When I went grocery shopping at Walmart, I was able to find the Heinz Yellow Mustard right on the shelf in the condiments section. Just like ketchup, mustard is a staple condiment item that Cathy and I keep on hand at all times. The Heinz Yellow Mustard tastes so fresh and delicious--made with 100% natural ingredients, including stone-ground mustard seeds.


Next time you're thinking of hosting a party this summer for your family and friends (bros included), consider having a sausages and brats bar by the pool. It's really fun and freakin' tasty!

Just to take a poll, I am curious what our readers prefer when it comes to grilling:

What's your favorite grilling condiment?
Comment below and let me know!

Thanks for taking the time to read my post! Signing off for now.

Cheers,
Adam

42 comments :

  1. Everything about this is awesome! Especially those onion rings....can't wait to try that recipe!

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    1. The onion rings were such a hit!! Hope you love them!

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  2. You really know how to throw a party! My friends and family would be all over that.

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    1. We are definitely party people that is for sure! Wish we could have you come over!

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  3. It's a three way tie for me. Ketchup, mustard, and sweet relish. Yum!

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    1. Classic choice--and very, very delicious!

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  4. Oh wow now I am definitely hungry. I want some of all of them!

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  5. That avacado salsa! And such beautiful pictures. :)

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  6. Such appetizing pictures - I am getting hungrier by the minute. Iv'e never tried it with avacado, but I think I should

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  7. Wow, you totally made me want some of these sausages immediately! What a great job making me hungry!

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  8. Those all look like such great options!!!!! I am a philly girl, so I always use Heinz yellow mustard with my pretzels- no other will do!

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    1. Mmmmm yes! Love Heinz Yellow Mustard with my pretzels as well!

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  9. All this food looks so delicious. I will have to try the Avocado Salsa. My favorite grilling sauce is mustard and brown sugar mixed.

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    1. That sounds amazing! I don't know if I have ever tried mustard with brown sugar before, but now I have got to try it! Thanks for the tip!

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  10. Oh my goodness, I want to come over. This looks and sounds like a fab set up. Thanks so much for the ideas.

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    1. Come on over, Shauna! Hehe and thank you!

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  11. I'm coming to your house. All this food looks so good.

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    1. It's a party! I wish all of my online friends could come in real life!

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  12. I'm always all about the BBQ sauce when it comes to grilling. I can not wait to try some of your toppings though.

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    1. Mmm yes! BBQ sauce is fantastic, too!

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  13. I would have never thought about using pineapple and peach! That is very unique! The avocado salsa sounds perfect!

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  14. Yum! I want to make everything you have featured in this post! I love the look of the onion rings. I always use BBQ sauce and I like garlic aioli with my fries and onion rings.

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    1. Oh that sounds bomb! Love it--garlic aioli is something my husband loves cooking with as well!

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  15. What wonderful photos. I have rarely seen a blog post as comprehensive in description as this one. I love all the different crafts and recipes.

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    1. Thanks so much!! Huge compliment :-)

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  16. Honey mustard all the way! These recipes look delicious, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Mmm honey mustard is awesome, too!

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  17. Whoa! Everything looks absolutely awesome. I need to make my own pretzels! That would be a fun way to add an appetizer to a BBQ! They even taste better dipped in Heinz Mustard! #client

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    1. Yes we loved our pretzels dipped in Heinz Mustard!! So good!

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  18. Such a great idea! having a fun cookout is always a great way to start the summer off right.

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  19. What a fun party! Great ideas for celebrating

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    1. Thanks! Yes it was such a blast--Adam did a great job!

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  20. Can I come over for one of your grilling parties?!? Everything looks so festive and absolutely drool-worthy!! I can't wait to making my own homemade pretzels and then dipping them in yellow mustard!! YUM :)

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    1. Heck yeah!! C'mob over and we'll have a grand ole time :P

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  21. So many great ideas! Thanks for all the recipes.

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