Bratwurst Phyllo Rolls

by Kelly on February 15, 2012

Almost a month ago I mentioned one of my new year’s resolutions, to waste less and to be more inspired by what I have on hand. And thankfully, it’s been working pretty well. While my approach to menu planning is not vastly different, I have tweaked it slightly. My usual routine was to spend a lazy afternoon on the couch flipping through cookbooks and bookmarked recipes. Now when I think about what I will make for a week I try to start by choosing a couple of star ingredients from my pantry or freezer that I want to use up and then use this as a filter when looking for recipes.

This recipe was entirely made of things I had on hand. It made me realize that as much as I whine at times that I have nothing to make (which we all know is a thinly veiled excuse so I can call in an order for Thai food) it is rarely, if ever true. These Bratwurst Phyllo Rolls prove it.

What I love about this recipe is that it falls into the easy but impressive camp. Phyllo itself can be notoriously finicky, but once you’ve mastered how to work with it, everything else is simple. Inside the roll is a simple filling of crumbled bratwurst, mascarpone, cheddar cheese and onion. I used some fresh apple bratwurst that I picked up forever ago when apple picking in Indiana, but you could easily substitute an apple chicken sausage or something similar. Just go for a fresh sausage as you’ll be crumbling it and using it like ground meat.

I served these recently at my book club and they were well received, though I think they would be equally at home at a Super Bowl party. (In fact, my intent had been to post them well in advance and then life got in the way.) The combination of crunch, cheese, and sausage is something that is an easy crowd pleaser. I’ve not known many people to turn it down, unless they are vegetarian.

Bratwurst Phyllo Rolls
Adapted from Food Network
Serves 8

Ingredients:

-Cooking spray
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-1 yellow onion, finely chopped
-3/4 pound fresh apple bratwurst, or similar fresh sausage, casings removed and meat crumbled
-1 8-ounce container Mascarpone cheese
-1 cup shredded Cheddar
-Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
-16 sheets phyllo dough

Method:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat, until it is just becoming translucent. Add the sausage to the pan and continue cooking until sausage is cooked through. Remove from the heat and allow the meat mixture to cool slightly. Stir in the cheeses until well blended and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Place 1 sheet of phyllo with the short side facing you on a work surface. (Cover remaining phyllo with plastic wrap to keep from drying out.) Spray the phyllo sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Then fold it in half lengthwise and spray again. Place 1 heaping tablespoon filling in the center of the bottom end of the phyllo. Fold in the sides, then roll up from the bottom to completely enclose the filling (it should look like an egg roll). Place the roll, seam side down, on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining phyllo sheets, nonstick cooking spray, and filling to make a total of 16 rolls.

Spray the rolls generously with nonstick cooking spray and bake until the rolls until lightly golden, about 20 minutes.

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Shannon February 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm

these do sound great! the mascarpone is an interesting addition, but i like it. glad to see you’re doing better with using what you have! i think i am too? although sometimes i cop out and make oatmeal for dinner when there’s “nothing to eat” :)

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Christy February 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Kelly, what a great reminder. I think we occasionally just get bogged down in recipes–in the possibility of what could be, instead of working with what we have on hand. In life, and in the kitchen.

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5 Star Foodie February 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Yummy phyllo rolls – 5 Star Foodie Jr. would absolutely love these!

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Eve February 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Oh that sounds scrumptious! I’ve been trying to use up what I have on hand too. Mostly because it’s a pain the arse to go grocery shopping shopping with a toddler! We’re also using more chicken sausage, especially the fresh kind from Whole Foods, as it’s so yummy. And phyllo? My husband is Greek so we almost always have some in the freezer. :-) I’ll def try making these!

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Carolyn Jung February 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I love how you’ve somehow made bratwurst look refined! ;)
These would be perfect for watching a sporting event.

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Nurit - 1 family. friendly. food. February 19, 2012 at 1:57 am

These look great! I love phyllo but don’t use it often.
I love not to watse food either! Some of my fav dishes are those that I make using whatever fresh food I have before an upcoming grocery shopping + leftovers from dinners. It also makes me feel super efficient and resourceful–I love that kind of feeling :)

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Hannah (BitterSweet) February 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm

That really is such a smart resolution, and great way to use up some phyllo dough! I always seem to have some kicking around in the freezer for whatever reason…

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sophia February 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm

GASP. I want this whole thing to be in my lunchbox, every single day. You come up with the most gorgeous dishes, Kelly! Mascarpone cheese and apple brat in a flaky crust? Get in my mouth, now! >__<

I also love your resolution. I hate wasting food. But I need to stop wasting time too. Eek.

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