Beer-Glazed Brats and Beans

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.

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cans (28 oz each) vegetarian beans in sauce or baked beans
teaspoon chili powder
tablespoons butter
large sweet onion, thinly sliced
vegetarian bratwurst
tablespoon packed brown sugar
teaspoon ground mustard
cup barbecue sauce
cup regular or nonalcoholic beer
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.
Makes 8 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
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:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 540
    • (Calories from Fat 140),
  • Total Fat 16g
    • (Saturated Fat 5g,
    • Trans Fat 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 55mg;
  • Sodium 1530mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 72g
    • (Dietary Fiber 9g,
    • Sugars 25g),
  • Protein 28g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 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.