Friday, August 9, 2013

Bratwurst & Arbol' Chili Rice - One Pot Dinner
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This one pot dinner is so very easy and absolutely delicious to make if I don't say so myself.
After a busy day, sometimes as "perfect" as we are; *insert grin* We forget to plan ahead.  Alas my friends, this was the exact case for me.

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Now I have to tell you, mu hubby did not really like rice when I first met him.  My exact question to him was; "You don't like rice, your kidding me right, what's not to love about rice".  Then I met his mother...
Yup, now I knew why!  Her idea of rice, was to boil it per package and never put seasoning or any other flavors in it.  No wonder he didn't like rice.  Yes, yes, that is an entire blog post of it's own I say!

I have since converted my "rice hater hubby"... he now loves rice, well, actually, truth be told, he "loves my rice"!!

This dish is a one pot meal that is so easy to put together, you would ask yourself why you didn't do this earlier.  Well that was my question to myself, alas I digress...

It's chock full of Johnsonville bratwurst, seasoned rice, Arbol' Chilis, green onions.  I know!  Plus it's ready in 30 minutes with no professional sous chef's working in the background.  

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

1 Pkg Johnsonville Stadium Brats
Stadium Brats
1-1/2 cups rice, (I used long grain)
2 Arbol chili's, diced
4 Green onions, diced
1 large garlic clove, fined diced or pressed
1- 2 tbsp fresh parsley diced fine, or 1 tsp dried parsley
1-1/2 tsp chicken base, or 2-3 chicken bouillon cubes
4 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp Kosher or Sea salt or 1/8 tsp table salt
pinch of black pepper

3 1/2-3/4 cups water

-Slice bratwursts and set aside.

-Dice the green onions (including whites parts), Arbol chili's, garlic and parsley, set aside.

-In a large saute pan, add olive oil and heat to medium high.  Add in the chili's, and saute for about 40 seconds, then add the green onions, garlic, parsley and salt.  Once the onions and garlic have started to become aromatic, about another 40 seconds or so, add your rice.

-Stir in the rice and incorporate all the wonderful flavors.  Add in those amazing sliced bratwursts and stir till mixed thru.

-Pour in the water and your chicken base.

-Bring to a simmer, cover, reduce heat to low and let cook for approximately 18-22 minutes till rice is cooked through and all water has evaporated, and the rice is tender.  If you need a little bit more water and a few more minutes in pan (stoves & rice varying), now is the time to add it or let it simmer for a few more minutes. Don't forget to taste for seasonings.  Do you need more chicken base?  More salt?  Pepper?  See? I know!

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Serve up on a plate and dig in to an absolutely amazing bowl full of comfort! Spicy, but not too spicy, bratwursty (is that a word)?  However, it's absolutely delicious! Now you are going to ask me, "Didi really, these bratwursts are better than the other bratwursts I buy"? That would be a "yesmy friends!!  These brats are absolutely amazing, because of the seasonings in them.  They take away from the extreme heat, if you know what I mean.  
Better yet, you won't have to call your family twice. The aroma emanating from these amazing brats alone coupled with the green onions will draw them into the kitchen, asking when dinner is ready, trust me!

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. I'm wanting to eat my computer screen right now Dedes. I somehow came down with a head cold and this could do the trick to maybe clear my head a bit. I thought I was pretty clued into most chilis, but I don't recognize the name Arbol Chili. Maybe it's called something different here. What do they look like, or what would be a comparable substitute? You know how I love my one pot meals, so this yummy looking dish could be on my table some time this weekend!

    1. I hope you feel better soon sweetheart. This was so easy Linda, seriously. The Arbol chili's are the small slender ones, you know, I'm sure you know. You can buy them fresh or dried. I buy the dried they are cheaper.

  2. Ooooh that looks delish! I will try it for sure.

  3. woohoo! this dish is so similar to what I generally cook up... the only thing is, I put bacon instead of sausages, and I have a particular type of chili in my mind when I make it... its called ghost pepper and its mad hot. But this recipe is going to be made! You can bet on that one!

  4. Easy, quick and bursting with flavors! I love it my friend!

  5. I have some brats that I didn't know what to do with. Now I do! Thanks for sharing.

    1. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do Precious!!