feastoffridaysThe Texas Apple Jalapeno (or habanero) Pepper Jelly really makes this meal special.

There’s nothing like a crock of spicy brats to perk everyone up on a rainy night.  It’s been raining here for five days, and the forecast says not to count on seeing any blue sky until after the weekend.  When it’s cold and wet outside, it’s great to sit down to a hot, spicy dinner!

Crock O’ Spicy Brats (I love the name of this dish!)

Ingredients:  5 bratwurst links (about a pound and a half)

5 medium potatoes, peeled (if you wish) and cubed

1 27-ounch can of sauerkraut, rinsed and well-drained

1 medium Granny Smith (tart) apple, chopped

1 5-ounce jar Apple Jalapeno Pepper Jelly  (Apple Habanero, if you like it REALLY spicy!)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup packed brown sugar (brown Splenda works, too)

What to do:

Brown the bratwurst on all sides, in a large skillet.  In a 5-quart crockpot or slow cooker, combine all the other ingredients, then stir in the bratwurst.  You can cut the bratwurst into smaller pieces if you wish, but my family likes to fish the huge things out intact.  Add the pan drippings, unless you’re on a really strict diet.  cover and cook on high for about 5 hours, or until the potatoes are tender.

A tossed green salad is all you need with this meal.

Your house will smell funny for a few hours, but it’ll be worth it.  This supper is fantastic!

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