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This is because, to Dustin's mind, casseroles are nasty, icky things that are made of inedible. Never mind that the Kolcannon is also, technically, a casserole, and is quite good. Anyway! He wanted me to do something with some bratwurst that he brought home without me, so I kept forgetting about it. I didn't even know how much of it there was, but he wanted it to last "for a while". I nosed around in a German/Eastern European cookbook for a while, until such time as I had an idea or two, and then chatted with a friend who also cooks, and he gave me more ideas.

Here's the result.

Slice six fairly large potatoes about 1/4" thick, and boil until reasonably soft. While this is going on, cook six bratwurst in either cider vinegar or hard cider, until done. Also fry about half a pack of bacon. put the whole lot from the sausage into a bowl, cider and all. pat out the bacon on paper towels, but leave the grease in the pan. Slice the bacon (easiest to use scissors for this) into pieces about 1/4" wide, and put into that pan three onions sliced into eighths, and one large granny smith apple, cut into 1/4" thick slices. Fry until more or less golden, and scrape any leftover bacon from the pan into the mix. It's yummy. put all this into the bowl of meat, and mix together. keep a few pieces of onion and apple out if you like for the top. when the potatoes are done (should be about now) mix the whole bowl of meat and fried vegetation into it with some cider vinegar (I think it was between half a cup and a full cup, but I just dumped it in until it smelled good), and pat into a large glass casserole. Grate enough cheddar over top (or just slice it, if you're feeling lazy) to cover it nicely, put the saved out onions and apples on that, and bake at 350o for about 15 minutes. Serve with hard cider. Mmmmmm.

It might be good with pepper, but as Dustin doesn't like pepper, there isn't any in this. It made one large glass dish, and one small 9x9 dish.

Really, I did just want a salad. This is so very not healthy, but god is it good.


Date: 2008-08-23 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
For a time, I was calling a long distance friend, and telling her a bedtime story. The main character's mother had a knack for horrific casseroles usually topped with something like Frosted Flakes, Cap'n Crunch or Froot Loops. I think the seeds were planted years before when I was visiting my friend S, and my visit happened to coincide with one of her various Debbie friends who is infamous for her tendency to casserole. Not that they were all bad, but rather that what could have been a dip, was instead placed in casserole form. I am unsure, but I think the need to casserole is listed in the official medical handbook of psychological disorders.

Re: Casseroles

Date: 2008-08-23 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It wasn't a need so much as the ingredients organising themselves into an improbable formation that really looked like it needed to be casseroled. It sort of disturbed me, but came out *very* nicely.

Date: 2008-08-23 04:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sounds delicious! Reminds me of the night I braised the pork chops in cider and apple slices. But in a casserole form. :)

I never thought of colcannon as a casserole; what does your recipe look like?

Date: 2008-08-23 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
in mine, you steam together kale and leeks, and mash them up with several potatoes. These are put into a glass casserole dish, several dents are made in the top and filled with uncooked eggs. The whole is put into the oven and baked until the eggs are set, then served with grated cheese on top if you like, or more if you'd rather.

Date: 2008-08-23 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
mmmm... meat pie. :)

Date: 2008-08-24 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
pretty much, yeah. I was trying to come up with a crust that would be good on this, and I'm thinking really, just some kind of bread-like thing. Biscuit would probably just be to much, pie crust is too fine for something like this, but a nice wheat or pumpernickel bread would be nice, I think. Maybe it could be baked in a hollowed out round of bread?

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