Gooey Cheese and Ham Stuffed Bratwurst Sausages

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional

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I remember when I was a kid, every year we would sit down and watch ‘The Wizard of Oz.’  Mom would make pigs in a blanket and homemade fries and we would all other in the living room huddled under blankets and have an indoor picnic.  It was the only time I can remember that we were allowed to eat anywhere but the dining room table.

About a year ago, I decided to make Pigs In A Blanket for the kids to eat while we were trick-or-treating in Celebration, FL.  A side note, in Central Florida, Celebration, FL is THE PLACE for trick-or-treating.  Literally a few hundred thousand people descend on the town that Disney built for a night of fun.  People spend months getting their houses ready for this one night.  Hundreds of houses decorate throughout the town.  It’s like something out of a movie.

I decided to do them a little different and stuffed them, then wrapped them in dough so buns wouldn’t be required.  It has turned into a neighborhood favorite and worthy of being called an Updated Classic.

Ingredients

  • 1 Package of  (6) Beef Brats
  • 1 Package of (6) Beer Brats
  • 6 Pieces of String Cheese (Mozzarella)
  • 12 Pieces of Black Forest Ham, Thinly Sliced
  • 2 Containers of Croissant Dough

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Take your bratwurst sausages and slice them down the center about halfway through.  Place to the side on a plate.
  3. Take your 6 pieces of String Cheese and cut them in half.
  4. Now, place a piece of string cheese into the slice you made in each bratwurst sausage.  Put aside until  they are all filled.
  5. Once, you have stuffed your sausages, wrap each one tightly with a piece of Black Forest Ham.  Place back on your plate until all are wrapped.
  6. Now you can take one roll of croissant dough and unroll onto a cutting board.  Leave it into one large piece.  With a large knife, cut the sheet of dough into 6 equal size pieces.
  7. Take one of your wrapped and stuffed sausages and wrap one piece of dough around, until completely covered.
  8. Place your finished sausage onto a buttered cookie sheet(s).  Repeat this process until all of your sausages are completely filled and double wrapped.  Be sure to leave about an inch of space between them on the cookie sheet(s).
  9. Bake for 7-10 minutes until golden brown and cheese is starting to ooze out the ends.
  10. Serve with your favorite chili or other hotdog toppings and enjoy this updated classic of Pigs In A Blanket.  The kids and adults in your family will love them!
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