Fan Fare Friday

Oktoberfest starts next week and we'll be partying like Ludwig ourselves at the Oktoberfest! tailgate on Oct. 6th; so here's a recipe we featured at last year's festival...

Sausage and Sauerkraut Phyllo Footballs:
(W├╝rstchen & Sauerkraut-Taschen)

4 large sheets phyllo dough ( 10 x 12 inches)
1/2 stick of butter, melted
2 Bratwurst, grilled and chopped
10 oz Sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
2 3/4 ounces (Bavarian if you can find it) smoked cheese, cut in small cubes

Cut the phyllo sheets lengthways into three. Cover dough with damp tea towel so they won't dry out.
Place one strip on work surface and brush with melted butter. Place a heaped teaspoon of Sauerkraut at one corner end. Press some chopped sausage on top, then 3-4 cheese cubes.

Fold over the filling wrapped in the phyllo on the diagonal, so it is completely enclosed in a triangle. Then flip over again, on the diagonal, and again and again until you get to the end of the phyllo strip and have a neat triangular turnover (basically, make a phyllo paper football).
Place on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Brush the tops and sides with the remaining butter.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and crisp. If at home, serve warm - if in the parking lots, let cool and then package for travel. Re-heat on a warm grill (griddle top if you have it) and serve.

and since it's Friday and I'm a little under the weather - I thought I'd add some medicine...

This is my favorite cocktail - sure it's a little sweet, but it's good and it's wicked cool - The characters in "The Sun Also Rises," partake of the concoction - so we, of course, featured it at our "Following Hemingway" tailgate...

The Jack Rose
2 1/2 ounces applejack
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce grenadine
1 lemon twist, for garnish

Pour all of the ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the lemon twist.

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