Eating very few carbs is fun, but it’s not the easiest thing in the world. You need a good, solid go-to dish that travels well, can be used as a snack or a meal, and is easy to make in large quantities. For me, that’s Bratwurst Pie. Oh, how I love bratwurst.
This started out as sausage pie at some point, but I like to make a lot of it and the bulk sausage they sell at my local Sam’s Club has carbs. But… the bratwurst doesn’t. Score! There aren’t too many ingredients: eggs, cream, onion, cheese, salt & pepper, and, of course, brats.
Start by chopping up your onion and squeezing the brats out of their casings. Cook these up together, crumbling the brats as you go, and drain.
When that’s done, put into a lasagna/baking dish and mix in the cheese. Different cheeses make slightly different pies, so use what you like. Today I grated some Red Leicester (an Irish cheddar) and mixed it with bagged Mexican mix. There is Havarti in the picture, but I decided not to use it and keep to the cheddars. A mix of Swiss and Gruyère is also really good. Play around with whatever you have/like. Mozzarella and Havarti would probably be good.
While all that cheesy brat goodness sits there waiting, mix up the eggs and cream and salt & pepper in a bowl. Pour this as evenly as you can over the meat and cheese.
Shake the dish a little and the creamy stuff will fill in the gaps. Now pop that in a 350° oven and find something to take your mind off of it for 40 minutes or so.
Be careful when you take the dish out of the oven, there tends to be a little bubbling oil around the edges.
Hey – I said it was low carb – NOT low fat! 🙂
And that’s that!
Word to the wise – start with a small portion. It’s wicked good, but very rich.
- 2 lbs of bratwurst (about half of the package pictured)
- 8-10 oz grated cheese of your choice
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- salt & pepper to taste (I use about 1/2 tsp salt and slightly less pepper)
Remove the bratwurst from its casing and brown in a large skillet along with the chopped onion. Drain. Spread into a baking pan large enough to hold the meat and egg mixture. Mix in the cheese. In a medium bowl, mix the eggs and cream until combined, add in seasonings and pour over meat and cheese. Bake for about 40 minutes at 350°.
I think I’m going to add in broccoli and mushrooms next time I make this.