Simple Weeknight Meal: In a Packet



I'll admit it. I almost titled this recipe, "The Cleveland Steamer". It's accurate. It's a taste of Cleveland, and it's steamed in a foil packet. But then, if you go look up Cleveland Steamer on Urban Dictionary, you'll know why I refrained.

Anyhow, I got Michael Symon's '5 in 5' cookbook for Christmas, and used one of his recipes as inspiration for this. He notes that this recipe reminds him of Cleveland all wrapped up in one packet. I've modified his recipe a bit to add some extra flavor with garlic, mustard and jalapeno. Best part of the recipe? It takes 15 minutes and there is literally zero clean up. Ready, go!!

The Cleveland Packet
makes 2-4 servings

1 - 1 1/2 lbs pork brats (cut into 3 in. pieces)
1/4 red onion (thinly sliced)
4 cloves garlic (diced)
1 cup sauerkraut (I use Whole Foods brand)
1 jalapeno (seeds removed and thinly sliced)
2 tbsp Dijon mustard (I used Grey Poupon Country Dijon)
2 tsp caraway seeds
1 cup IPA
salt and pepper

Heat a grill pan or grill over medium-high heat.

Lay down 2 large pieces of foil. Split all the ingredients in half.

Pile up brat pieces, red onion slices, garlic, sauerkraut, jalapeno slices, Dijon, caraway seeds, salt and pepper on each piece of foil. Fold up all 4 sides to make a basket. Pour the beer into each foil basket. Roll up to make a sealed foil packet.

Drop onto the grill or grill pan, cover, and let cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and serve with all the juices.


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