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Grilled Brats and Onions with Parsley Sauce

A bright, lemony parsley sauce to go with the sausages, along with the classic accompaniments of grilled onions and mustard.

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 1 hour & 10 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 10


    •    pepper
    •    kosher salt
    •    1 garlic clove
    •    20 bratwursts
    •    1/2 tsp finely chopped thyme
    •    1 cup lightly packed dill sprigs
    •    3 x 1/2 tbsps fresh lemon juice
    •    1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
    •    Dijon mustard and Torn Garlic Bread, for serving
    •    1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
    •    4 cups lightly packed parsley leaves, plus more for garnish
    •    4 red onions, each peeled and cut into 6 wedges through the core


  1. In a saucepan of salted boiling water, blanch the 4 cups of parsley until bright green, 45 seconds. Drain and immediately transfer to an ice bath to cool. Drain well and transfer to a food processor. Add the dill, garlic, 1 cup of water and 2 1/2 tablespoons of the lemon juice and puree until nearly smooth. With the machine on, add the 1/2 cup of olive oil until smooth. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and transfer to a bowl.
  2. Light a grill and brush the grate with olive oil. Brush the onion wedges with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderate heat, turning once, until lightly charred and softened, 7 minutes total. Transfer the onions to a bowl and add the lemon zest, thyme and remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and toss.
  3. Grill the bratwursts over moderately low heat, turning, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into each sausage registers 165°, 15 minutes. Spoon some of the parsley sauce onto a platter and top with the bratwursts and onions. Garnish with parsley and serve with mustard and Torn Garlic Bread, passing the rest of the parsley sauce at the table.

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