Recently a Twitter friend @ShelbyMarie turned me on to Blue Apron – a company that provides you with all the ingredients that you need to make a delicious meal in exactly the right proportions. As a subscriber, you get multiple recipes and precisely measured meal ingredients literally delivered to your door. Sounds pretty cool, right? I agree.
I just got my first box and it had three meals in it:
- Pan-roasted bratwurst with sweet & sour cabbage and crispy potatoes
- Stir-fried chicken pad Thai with baby tatsoi and spicy peanut sauce
- Salmon caesar salad
Being a huge organization nerd, I love how the Blue Apron team puts everything in the box for you. Everything is carefully measured and in its own little package with a clearly labeled sticker to tell you what it is. The box is also insulated with cooling pieces so, if you’re like me and you have to get everything delivered to work, everything stays good in the box for a while.
Since we were trying something new and different with this program, I wanted to try the most new/different of the three options – the bratwurst dish! I’ve made brats before, but the cabbage was very intriguing to me with caramelized sugar!
Because everything was already measured, all I really needed was the pots, pans and oven (and salt/pepper/olive oil)! I made the dish with ease (minus the sugar piece…that I’m still learning how to do correctly) and voila! Just like the picture!
For my first night trying, it was definitely cool! I’m really interested in how the program will work for us and what kind of meals we’ll get. Right now, it seems like a great way to have tasty, fresh food when you can’t always make it to the grocery store AND to have options but select ones so you’re not just staring into the pantry for an hour figuring out what to make! I’ll keep everyone updated on how it progresses…
Next week already looks exciting!
In the meantime, I wanted to make sure I shared the recipe I made last night! You may not have the ingredients in pouches, but it’s a good one to have on hand (if only for the DELICIOUS potatoes)!
Pan-roasted Bratwurst with Cabbage & Potatoes
Original recipe: Blue Apron
Cooking needs: Deep pot, small pan, baking sheet/pan
- 2 bratwurst
- 1 bunch parsley (picked from stems)
- 1lb russet potatoes (chopped into 1″ squares)
- 1/2 head red cabbage (thinly chop)
- 1/4 C sugar
- 2 T spice mix (
- 2 T red wine vinegar
- 2 T whole grain mustard (for garnish)
- Olive oil
- Salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
In your large pot, bring 2C of water to a boil and add chopped potatoes. Cook for 5-6 minutes.
Drain and spread potatoes onto baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with olive oil and salt/pepper and toss to coat. Cook in oven for approx 25 minutes.
While the potatoes are cooking, you can make the cabbage – start by adding the sugar to your large pot. Heat the sugar on medium-high for approx 3-4 minutes, not stirring. The sugar will begin to melt and thicken as it heats, turning light amber in color. Continue cooking until it becomes a deep reddish-brown. (The caramel will continue to cook in the pan, so be ready to begin the next step almost immediately.)
Add the cabbage to the same pot and stir. Season with salt, pepper and spice mix. Stir until mixed thoroughly. Cook 22-25 minutes.
While the potatoes and cabbage cook, cook your brats! Heat a small dash of olive oil in your pan until hot. Add your bratwursts and cook approx 2-4 minutes per side or until golden brown.
Remove cabbage from heat and stir in red wine vinegar and parsley.
Garnish with mustard and ENJOY!