Did you know Bratsgiving, or National Bratwurst Day, is August 16 and Johnsonville and Meijer are kicking off the celebration by encouraging fans everywhere to try a new brat flavor from on their grill and share their holiday #Bratsgiving celebration or recipe? It’s true. As a lover of Johnsonville Brats, I decided to take them up on their challenge. Celebrate Bratsgiving with Johnsonville this season at your local Michigan Meijer
A few years ago Meijer opened up two (2) store in Detroit’s city limits. One is now my go-to-store and my family and I love it. The fresh produce and Yes the sales on everyday items we love like Johnsonville Brats is awesome.
Johnsonville and Meijer stores are making limited time offer flavor brats available to celebrate Bratsgiving (the 2 LTO flavors, Jalapeno Cheddar & Firecracker), will be available in Meijer stores.
For my Bratsgiving recipe I started with a blank slate. I decided to walk through the aisle of my local Meijer store and let the ingredients pick me. After choosing the sweet Johnsonville sausage I headed to the produce section. The colorful peppers yelled “pick me, pick me” So I obliged and chose the orange pepper. I love the color and the sweetness of the orange peppers and they seem to be underutilized in my opinion. I then, picked Wild Mushroom Ravioli and my surprise ingredient was Asian inspired Bourbon Chicken glaze. My plan was to create a fusion dish that popped with many layers of flavors as well as colors.
Meijer is not just a local grocery store they give back to the community in many ways. To celebrate Bratsgiving, Meijer granted a Bratsgiving wish to a local Michigan cause after 375 wishes were submitted. The winning wish came from a Comstock Township couple who wished to recognize the Comstock Township Fire & Rescue team after their fire chief was killed while assisting with a car accident in June. The couple’s wish was for a bratsgiving BBQ for them, which was granted on Aug. 9.
I started my recipe by cutting up my Johnsonville Sweet Sausage into bite sized chunks and slowly browning them in a skillet with 1 tbsp of butter. The sweet smell of that sausage as it cooked wafting through the entire house was intoxicating.
Once all of the sausage were brown on the outside but still pink on the inside I prepared the Bourbon Sauce according to the package instructions and added it to the meat. I then covered the ingredients and allowed them to simmer for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes I added 1 cup of water and added the peppers and added the Wild Mushroom Ravioli and covered for another 20 minutes. Again, the flavors smelled delicious.
The end product is my Asian Inspired “Cavoletti” made with Sweet Johnsonville Sausage. This dish serves 4 and is very filling.
Asian Inspired Cavoletti Recipe
1 pkg Johnsonville Sausage (I used sweet but you can substitute according to your taste_
1 Orange Pepper (sliced)
1 tbsp. garlic
1 tbsp butter ( you can use any kind of oil you prefer)
1 pkg Asian Bourbon Chicken Sauce ( you cab substitute another flavor)
1 pkg Wild Mushroom Ravioli
Chop sausage into bite size chunks. Add butter to skillet on medium heat. Add sausage and cook until brown but not done. Prepare bourbon sauce according to package directions and add to meat. Cover skillet and cook for 30 minutes. Add ravioli and peppers and cook for additional 25-30 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before plating. *Juice is very hot.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.