Beer-Glazed Brats and Beans

Here's a handy recipe that makes a delicious sandwich and side dish all in one slow cooker. It needs 15 minutes of prep time and just a few hours to cook.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 15 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

2
cans (28 oz each) vegetarian beans in sauce or baked beans
1/4
teaspoon chili powder
2
tablespoons butter
1
large sweet onion, thinly sliced
8
vegetarian bratwurst
1
tablespoon packed brown sugar
1
teaspoon ground mustard
1/4
cup barbecue sauce
1/4
cup regular or nonalcoholic beer
8
hot dog buns, toasted

  • 1 Spray 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In slow cooker, mix beans and chili powder.
  • 2 In 10-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Cook onion in butter 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until very tender. Using tongs or slotted spoon, remove onion from skillet and place over beans in slow cooker; do not stir onion into beans.
  • 3 Arrange bratwurst over onion. In small bowl, mix brown sugar, mustard, barbecue sauce and beer. Pour over bratwurst; do not stir.
  • 4 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 3 to 4 hours.
  • 5 To serve, place bratwurst in each bun. Lift onion with tongs; arrange over bratwurst in buns. Serve beans as a side dish.

Expert Tips

Don't be tempted to stir! By keeping the ingredients in layers, you can serve the brats in buns, top them with the onions, and then serve the beans as a side dish.

Vegetarian brats vary by brand, but generally, most require very short cooking times and will dry out or fall apart if overcooked. The slow cooker offers a great, gentle slow heat, but this recipe requires just 3 to 4 hours and is not one that can cook all day. Do not overcook the dish. You might want to try different brands of brats so you can find the brand you prefer to use.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
540
(
Calories from Fat
140),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
16g
16%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
55mg
55%;
Sodium
1530mg
1530%;
Total Carbohydrate
72g
72%
(Dietary Fiber
9g
9%
  Sugars
25g
25%
),
Protein
28g
28%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
4 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.