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Bratwurst Sliders

Yields1 Serving

 2 tbsp unsalted butter
 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  cup beer
 ¾ cup whole milk
 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
 1 tsp smoked paprika
 kosher salt
 freshly ground black pepper
 2 cups hand shredded cheddar cheese
 1 cup buttermilk
 1 cup all-purpose flour
 1 cup onion (cut into 1-inch strips)
 vegetable oil (for frying)
 16 oz bratwursts (all pork, links)
 5 pretzel buns (sliders)
1

Make the beer cheese: Make the roux by melting butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.

2

Whisk in flour until completely incorporated.

3

Cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes

4

Add the beer and stir until incorporated.

5

Add milk, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.

6

Stir continuously, until the mixture begins to thicken and coats the back of a wooden spoon - 3 to 5 minutes.

7

Sprinkle in the cheese and stir until melted.

8

Taste and add more salt, if desired.

9

The sauce is ready to be served at this point.

10

Once off the heat, it will thicken even more. Serve warm or at room temperature.

11

Make the fried onion strips: Set up a dredging station by adding the buttermilk in one medium-sized bowl and then the all-purpose flour mixed with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper in a second bowl.

12

Add the onion strips into the buttermilk and toss to coat.

13

Transfer to the seasoned flour and toss again until fully coated.

14

Shake off excess and set aside on a plate.

15

Heat oil to 365 degrees.

16

Drop the breaded onion strips into the hot oil and cook until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes.

17

Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

18

Sprinkle with salt, if desired. Set aside.

19

Make the sliders: Carefully use a sharp knife to remove the casings from the bratwurst links.

20

Use a 3-inch cookie cutter, or the lid of a jar, or just your hands, to form a pattie from each link.

21

Season lightly on both sides with salt and pepper.

22

Heat your grill to medium-high heat.

23

Use a spatula to place the sliders on the grill over direct heat.

24

Cook for 5 minutes and then flip.

25

The sliders are ready when juices run clear and internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

26

During the last 5 minutes of grilling the sliders, butter the pretzel buns (if desired) and place on the grill, cut side down.

27

Remove the sliders and buns from the grill, and serve with fried onions and warmed beer cheese dip.