A last minute invitation and a heat wave caused me to head over on a steaming hot train to The Beach House for a cool beer in the garden and a sausage feast after sundown.
It was 86 F by 1:00 pm and the cool ocean breeze was most welcome upon my arrival, a chilly 76 F!
The garden is gorgeous and the icy beer was perfect.
Much later in the evening, we started dinner and Anna instructed me with her method to braise cabbage to serve with snausages.
1 small red cabbage, slivered
1 Vidalia or sweet onion, slivered
2 c Russian pickled vegetables (cabbage) or fresh saurkraut
2 T olive oil
1/2 c dried cranberries
1 tsp sugar
1/2 c H2O (we used potato water)
Salt and pepper
In a large skillet, saute the onion in the olive oil until they are golden brown and starting to caramelize. Add the cabbage and stir until the cabbage has wilted significantly, approximately 15 minutes. Add the cranberries, salt and pepper and water, stir well, and cover for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The cabbage and onions should be extremely tender and most of the liquid should be absorbed, resulting in some caramelization.
We piled the cabbage onto a pretty platter, and added a panful of sauteed onions and sweet red peppers, and a lovely mound of fluffy mashed potatoes. The bratwurst and bockwurst were panfried until browned, split in half and browned a bit on the cut side, and arranged on top of the cabbage.
We had pots of insanely hot Russian mustard, a hot sweet deli mustard and soft white deli buns from Nature’s Pride* . What a feast!
Cool Sofia Rose was poured, and we quickly dispatched most of everything.
Finally the air began to cool around 11:00 pm and we drifted off to our various rooms for the evening. I was tempted to let the doggies sleep with me but I think they already had popped on Anna’s bed. Well, that’s really okay, Bella snores…
*Please note that the Nature’s Pride Premium Harvest (TM) Deli Rolls were provided to me free of charge by Nature’s Pride and other than the product I am not being compensated for discussing them on my sites.