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Wake Up with a Bratwurst and Potato Bake


Looking for an easy breakfast, brunch or dinner casserole that will satisfying your whole family? Try this recipe from the “New Braunfels Smokehouse: Our Favorite Recipes” cookbook. You can easily adapt to suit your own tastes by using the type of sausage you want, including turkey.

Bratwurst and Potato Bake

New Braunfels Smokehouse Bratwurst

New Braunfels Smokehouse Bratwurst

4 medium new potatoes
2 links New Braunfels Smokehouse Bratwurst, sliced into bite-sized pieces (see note)
1 tablespoon butter
3 green onions, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated, divided use
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Dash of garlic powder
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 milk or half-and-half

Note: Use other favorite sausages, including jalapeño-cheddar or even turkey.

Boil the new potatoes until tender. Cool and slice.

In a small skillet, brown the bratwurst. Set aside. In the same skillet, add butter and saute the green onions until soft.

Spray a 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Layer half of the potatoes, sausage and green onions in the baking dish. Sprinkle with about 1/2 cup grated cheddar. Season with salt and pepper and a dash of garlic powder. Repeat with the remaining potatoes, sausage and green onion. Stir together the eggs and milk. Pour over the casserole. Topw tih remaining cheese. Cover and kae at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Makes 4 servings.

Adapted from “New Braunfels Smokehouse: Our Favorite Recipes” by Susan Dunbar Snyder

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You Can Order All or Part of Your Thanksgiving Feast


The County Line’s smoked turkey breast is available for your party.

Whether you need help with dessert or the entire meal, you can find plenty of places in town that will help you out this Thanksgiving. Ordering early always helps.

Aldaco’s, 100 Hoefgen Ave., Sunset Station, (210) 222-0561; 20079 Stone Oak Parkway, (210) 494-0561 — Aldaco’s regular tres leches cake is available year-round. The seasonal flavor is Pumpkin Tres Leches, which is available for $39.95 for a 9-inch cake. Orders must be placed in advance and picked up by the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, all day at the Stone Oak location and by 3 p.m. at Sunset Station.

Big Bob’s Burgers, 447 W. Hildebrand, (210) 734-BOBS (2627) — Big Bob’s is smoking 15-pound turkeys this Thanksgiving season. The price is $39.95. Orders should be placed by Nov. 16 with the pickup running through closing time on Nov. 21.

Central Market, 4821 Broadway, (210) 368-8607 — Chef-prepared meals, sides and pies can be ordered for all your holiday needs. Or visit the website.

Chile Beach Jams at Saglimbeni Fine Wines, 638 W. Rhapsody, (210) 349-5149 — Order a handmade pumpkin spice roll from Chile Beach Jams. Place and pick up the orders at Saglimbeni Fine Wines. Call for prices.

CIA Bakery & Cafe, 312 Pearl Parkway, (210) 554-6464 — The CIA Bakery is offering pies this Thanksgiving in addition to its breads and other desserts. Pumpkin pies are $15.50 each and apple and pecan pies are $19.50. Orders must be received by Nov. 17. They can be placed in person at the café or by calling the number listed. Pies can be picked up on Tuesday, Nov. 20, and Wednesday, Nov. 21, during business hours, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

The County Line, 10101 I-10 W., (210) 641-1998 — Treat yourself to any of a number of specials from the County Line. A boneless turkey breast generously rubbed with coarse black pepper and slow-smoked is sold for $16.19 a pound. The average weight is 4 pounds and feeds 10-12 people. Barbecue lovers can order an Emergency Kit priced at $11.99 a person. It comes with brisket, turkey, sausage, chicken, coleslaw, beans, potato salad, bread, barbecue sauce, plates and flatware, packed family style. No advance warning necessary, but you can call in your order and it will be waiting for you by the time you get to the restaurant.  Sides available in large portions include handmade bread, red skinned garlic mashed potatoes, mac ‘n cheese, salads and green beans. Fresh harvest cobbler (Granny Smith Green Apples, candied cranberries and walnuts) will be sold for $55; it serves 25-30 people. County Line’s Bread Pudding with Jack Daniel’s Bourbon sauce is $6.99 a serving; it’s enough for two people.

Pumpkin pie with a gluten-free crust can be ordered from the CIA Bakery.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach, (210) 821-5454 — You can order whole turkeys and hams to go with all the trimmings but without all the work. Desserts to go are also available.

Earl Abel’s, 1201 Austin Hwy., (210) 822-7333  — Orders for takeout, from turkey or ham dinners to pies, cakes and sides, should be made by Nov. 19. All pre-orders must be paid when the order is called in. Specials include a 23-pound oven-roasted turkey or a 6- to 8-pound honey-glazed ham for $160 and $145, respectively. The turkey package serves approximately 20 to 25. The family package includes 4 quarts of cornbread dressing, 1 quart of giblet gravy, 1 quart of cranberry relish, 25 yeast dinner rolls, and a free pumpkin pie and apple pie. A ½ turkey family package is priced at $100; a whole turkey  for $100; and a ½ turkey for $65. Sides such as green beans, candied yams, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, glazed carrots and many others can be purchased for $9.50 a quart; and our dinner rolls can be purchased for 35 cents each, minimum order of ½ dozen.

New Braunfels Smokehouse, 1090 N. Business I-35, New Braunfels, (830) 625-2416 — You can order everything from smoked turkeys to sides. Also check out the website.

Paloma Blanca, 5800 Broadway, (210) 822-6151 — Pumpkin tamales are available in your choice of pineapple or raisin for $10 a dozen. Tres leches cake lovers can get Paloma Blanca’s version, which is infused with pumpkin, topped with pecans, and covered in creamy milk (a whole cake costs $34.95). Thanksgiving orders require a 48-hour notice and need to be placed by phone or online (www.palomablanca.net) by Nov. 20, as the restaurant will be closed on Thanksgiving day.

Pappy G’s, 1210 Pat Booker Road, (210) 659-7799 — Get holiday pies (sweet potato, buttermilk, pecan or cream cheese) and large orders of sides, including cornbread dressing. Orders should be picked up by 6 p.m. Nov. 21.

Ordering side dishes, such as cranberries, can take some of the work load off.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747 — Mike’s is taking orders for savory cheesecakes to be used as party appetizers or however you want to serve them. They come in three flavors: crawfish, portobello mushroom and green chili. Prices are $75 for an 8-inch cheesecake or $90 for an 11-inch.

Two Step Restaurant & Cantina, 9840 W. Loop 1604 N., (210) 688-2686 — Beginning on Monday, Nov. 21st, Two Step Restaurant & Cantina will take orders for apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies for $24.95 each. Pies will be available for pick-up as late as Wednesday, Nov. 21, until 10:00 p.m.

Whole Foods, 255 E. Basse Road, (210) 826-4676; 18403 Blanco Road, (210) 408-3110 — Pies, turkeys, side dishes, breads — all are available for special order.

Zedric’s: Fresh Gourmet to Go, 9873 I-10 W., (210) 541-0404 — Zedric’s is offering the follow meals to go throughout the holiday season, but they are available by advanced order only: Turkey Dinner for 6-8 with Oven-roasted Turkey Breast with Gravy, Chorizo Cornbread Dressing, Herb Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans Amandine and Orange Zest Cranberry Sauce, $139.99; Rack of Lamb Dinner for 6-8 with Oven-roasted Rack of Lamb with Au Jus, Chorizo Cornbread Dressing, Herb Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans Amandine and Orange Zest Cranberry Sauce, $209.99; and Mom’s Apple Crunch Pie, $15.99. Place your Thanksgiving order by Nov. 19 with pickup from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Nov. 21.

 

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Order Some Delicious Treats for the Holidays


A display of Italian pannetonne at Gaucho Gourmet.

If you need help putting together your holiday meal or just a get-together with friends, plenty of area vendors are happy to help:

Central Market, 4821 Broadway, 210-368-8600 — Whether you’re in need of a gift basket, dessert, dinner for two, or a feast for the whole family, Central Market has options. Check the website, www.centralmarket.com, for details and placing an order.

Cooper’s Meat Market, 6002 Broadway, 210-820-3838 — Cooper’s can get you party trays, casseroles or the beef tenderloin you want for the centerpiece of the Christmas dinner. A full list of what you can order can be found on the website, www.coopersmeatmarket.com or you can place your order over the phone.

Gaucho Gourmet, 953 Isom Road, gauchogourmet.com — Order Albertengo Chocolate Pannettone from Italy or various nougats from Italy or Spain, just for the holidays. Cheeses, charcuterie and salami, duck and truffles are all available. Gift baskets in multiple themes, including paella from the pan to the ingredients are available. Or stock up on such items as Villa Reale Pistachio Sweet Cream from Italy, Edmond Fallel Tarragon Dion Mustard from France, Bon Appetit Portuguese Sardines and TartufLanghe White Truffle Salt from Italy, all described on the site. A variety of yerba mates from Argentina and the accessories needed to enjoy this drink are all available from this San Antonio site. Local orders of $50 or more include free delivery.

Italian sausages at Gaucho Gourmet.

New Braunfels Smokehouse, www.nbsmokehouse.com — Place your orders by Dec. 21 for two-day shipping or Dec. 22 for overnight shipping on everything the smokehouse produces, from Golden Smoked Chickens and a Peppered Smoked Turkey to sausages and Peppered Pork Jerky.

Tejas Steakhouse, 401 Obst Road, Bulverde, 830-980-2205 — Need pies for the holidays? Chef Julie Gutierrez makes from-scratch pies in a variety of flavors: apple, pecan, pumpkin or special requests, all for $20 apiece. Pumpkin cheesecakes cost $35. Orders can be called in or emailed to info@tejassteakhouse.com.

 

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