Chili, Beer-Cheese Sauce & Jalapeño-Topped Brats
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Chili, Beer-Cheese Sauce & Jalapeño-Topped Brats

Prep: 20 minutes
Grill: 10 minutes • Serves: 4

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup lager beer
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
3/4 cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 bratwurst sausages
4 hot dog buns
1-1/4 cups mild chili with no beans, warmed
1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced crosswise

1.Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat.

2.In medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; add 1/4 cup onion and cook 3 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Whisk in flour; cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to low; cook 1 minute, whisking occasionally. Increase heat to medium; whisk in beer and cook 2 minutes or until reduced by 1/4, whisking occasionally. Add garlic and cream; cook 3 minutes or until thickened, whisking frequently. Remove from heat; gradually whisk in cheese until smooth. Whisk in mustard and black pepper until smooth; cover to keep warm. Makes about 1-1/4 cups.

3.Place brats on hot grill rack; cover and cook 10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160°, turning once.

4.Serve brats in buns topped with chili, beer-cheese sauce, jalapeño and remaining onion.

Approximate nutritional values per serving (1 brat):
743 Calories, 52g Fat (23g Saturated), 143mg Cholesterol,
1434mg Sodium, 33g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 32g Protein