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Wilhelm Tell Apfelschuss Burger

This apple flavored bratwurst burger is a fun way to remember the story of Wilhelm Tell. The burger looks like an apple itself with the red sprinkled paprika bun, stem and basil leaves. The arrow made out of a rosemary twig shows the “Apfelschuss”. The bratwurst flavor is enhanced with fresh rosemary, basil, paprika and apple.

Ingredients 

Sauce:
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup Grey Poupon Country Dijon mustard
6 apple slices, peeled and cored (1/2-inch thick)
1½ cup Sutter Home Chardonnay
6 thick slices of pepper bacon
2 tablespoons Colavita olive oil
Burger:
7 fresh rosemary twigs, 10 inches long
1 bunch of fresh basil
2 pounds bratwurst (about 7-8 bratwurst, good quality German/Swiss style, uncooked)
2 cups peeled shredded apples
¼ cup diced onions
1 teaspoon paprika
6 slices Raclette cheese (about ¾ pound)
1 tablespoon Colavita olive oil
6 split white hamburger buns
1 ½ tablespoons paprika

Instructions 

Combine mayonnaise and mustard for the sauce. Set aside. Place apple slices into a shallow dish. Pour wine over it and marinate for 10 minutes. Preheat gas grill. Place bacon into a cast-iron skillet and cook on the grill until crisp. Remove from grill, cut bacon strips in half and keep warm. Remove apple slices from wine and brush with olive oil. Grill until done, about 2-3 minutes per side. Set aside and keep warm. Strip leaves of 1 rosemary twig. Cop leaves and set aside. Cut stripped twig into 6 equal pieces and set aside. Carefully remove rosemary leaves in the middle section of 6 twigs and leave some on both ends to resemble an arrow. Set arrows aside. Discard or use all the rosemary leaves from arrows for another time. Set 12 basil leaves to the side. Chop some of the leftover basil leaves to measure 2 tablespoons and set aside. Remove casings from bratwurst and discard. Mix bratwurst with reserved chopped rosemary and basil. Add shredded apples, onions and paprika. Mix until incorporated. Form patties to fit the buns. Grill patties on gas grill on medium heat until done, about 3-5 minutes per side. Place cheese on burgers for the last few seconds. Brush olive oil on hamburger bun tops. Sprinkle paprika over it to coat. Lightly toast split buns on grill for a few seconds. To assemble burgers, spread sauce on bottom and top buns. Add burger, apple slice and bacon to each bun, topped by a rosemary arrow. Add the bun tops. Place the reserved basil leaves (two per burger) on the top of the paprika sprinkled bun. Attach with the reserved twig to resemble apple leaves with stem. Makes 6 burgers

Comments 

This burger consists of old-world flavor in the form of bratwurst, bacon and Raclette cheese. Enhanced with herbs, apple and wine this burger is keeping up with time. The taste is very satisfying and unique. Also I like to have fun with food and be original.