I can remember as a child looking forward to summer, it meant no more work, no more school. But as I got older I realized that was not the case as an adult. I can still recall the first summer that I didn’t have a break, that work continued, and I was profoundly sad. But hey, we have to work, and make money and survive, so we adapt. That is what makes vacation and long weekends oh so sweet. Eventually you hope to get a job that provides some vacation time, (paid hopefully) and some holiday times. Thats where we are right now, its 4th of July long weekend!!! My inner teenager, is so excited!!!
We have celebrated the 4th of July many different ways over the years, we have shot fireworks (safely of course) and we have gone to watch them. I have hosted Barbecues, and I have gone to them. My favorite is when we spend time with each other laughing and enjoying some of our favorite dishes, and just hanging out. I love to shoot fireworks and see all the pretty colors. So just in this moment I am thankful that as an adult I get this holiday off and I get to spend it with my family.
One of my favorite things to have on the 4th or juicy grilled Johnsonville sausages. I love all the variety they have, and its more than just your average hot dog. Its a juicy sausage that has that good crisp when you bite into it. I have come to expect premium quality no matter which Johnsonville Brats that I buy and each flavor delivers on flavor that just can’t be beaten. No matter what I make for the holiday weekend I make sure that Johnsonville Brats are a part of it.
These sausages are versatile and really you can eat them naked, or you can dress them up any way you like. Here in Cincinnati we have many local dishes that are unique to the region and are just delicious on Johnsonville Brats. One of those unique items is Cincinnati chili. The chili we make here is unique because of the spices in, we add allspice, cinnamon, and cocoa powder to the usual spice round up and it created a delicious chili that is amazing on top of these dogs. Here is a crockpot version we have done. We have many local rivalries of the chili that can be purchased in store as well that are also very tasty, so if you want to make it really easy on yourself you can purchase one of those and use.
This 4th of July holiday we wanted to make something a little different and we decided to go with a Red, White and Brat. A juicy Johnsonville Bratwurst topped with Red Chili, White cheddar, (instead of the traditional yellow cheddar) for a twist on a local favorite and a tasty and easy meal, we were sure to enjoy! Johnsonville Brats are amazing on the grill, but if its a little rainy you can make them inside as well, in a skillet or using the Johnsonville indoor grill. I love the indoor grill and the brats come out perfect every time. I grabbed my favorite hot dog roll, and placed a perfectly cooked brat inside the roll, topped with my favorite Cincinnati chili, and topped off with white cheddar. This is a match made in Cincinnati chili heaven! This was so simple and easy to make, and the flavor was just amazing. Take your 4th celebration to the next level and elevate those dogs into Johnsonville Brats!
Red, White and Brat
1 package of Johnsonville Sausages cooked
1 can of Cincinnati Chili
2 cups of shredded white cheddar
hot dog buns of choice.
Cook brats according to package directions. Warm chili through and place desired amount on top of brat and top with cheese. Enjoy!
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