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Monday recipe (9/26/11) - Aimee Fortney's football day beer brats/sausages

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You can use bratwurst or sausages.  I call them football brats/sausages, because it's a wonderful food to eat on a cold game day!  

1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 package brats or Italian sausages of your choice (if entertaining, figure on two per person, at least)
2 large white onions, sliced into long strips
1 large red bell pepper, sliced into long strips
1 green bell pepper, sliced into long strips
1 beer or your choice; I used a lager beer

In a large pot with a lid, coat the bottom of pot with olive oil.  Add sausages and cook until they are browned.  Remove sausages, and add onions and peppers.  If more olive oil is needed, add it here.  Cook until the onions are translucent.  Return the brats back to the pot, and add both beer.  Cook over medium heat until the beer has cooked down to a syrup, about 15 minutes.  **If you would like, you can add bell peppers to this - just add with the onion.


So I read once that if you made a cake in your crock pot, the center would be gooey ... like a pudding consistency.  Well hello, molten lava cakes are my all time favorite treat in this world, so why not?  After we ate this the first time, my husband, Michael and my daughter, Michala told me to make sure I wrote down everything that I did, because it was a hit!  I make this a lot when we entertain, because it is so easy and so delicious.  If you will have more than four people, just double the recipe and cook for about 2 1/2 hours on low.

1 stick of butter, melted
4 large eggs, beaten
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup flour (all purpose)
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
a pinch of salt (I did not measure, but do not use very much ... no more than 1/2 teaspoon)
1 Tablespoon instant coffee (flavor of your choice)
Sliced strawberries or raspberries
**Vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.  Next add butter, eggs and vanilla.  Stir well to incorporate all ingredients.  Spray crock pot with cooking spray, then pour mixture inside.  Cover and cook on low for two hours.  After two hours, turn off heat, and decide how much will power you have ... let it rest, or serve immediately?  (I always serve immediately!)

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