Wisconsin Bratwurst Pizza

Wisconsin is known for a lot of great things. If you are not familiar with the state of Wisconsin, well, let me just say that it is beautiful. Great state parks, the great lakes, awesome summer festivals, the “Fonz“, Laverne and Shirley, cheese, beer, and let us not forget, brats.  That’s right, brats. The infamous bratwurst. You see the brat is a very common tailgating sausage, as well as the standard when it comes to grilling out. The brat screams summertime, and with that said, I figured I would make some brats for dinner, not realizing that I would take it as far as making a pizza out of them.

Wisconsin Bratwurst Pizza

I wanted to make brats because my middle child loves them, and that is simply why I made them. My other two kids are not a big fan of the bratwurst yet, but I knew that these would feed him throughout the week should he desire to warm them up for lunch. Yes, he loves them that much. In Wisconsin, it is also a bit traditional to precook the brats in beer and onion before finishing them off on the grill. Yes, beer.

So this pizza not only has great beer and brats from Wisconsin, but it also has an awesome cheddar cheese beer sauce to boot. Do I have your attention?

Let’s get started.

Ingredients for the pizza dough: (Makes 2 pizzas):

  • 3 3/4 cup of bread flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3/4 tsp table salt
  • 3/4 tsp plus a pinch of sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups of room temperature water

Ingredients for the Wisconsin Bratwurst Pizza: (Makes 1 pizza)

  • 1 cup of pizza sauce
  • 1 portion of pizza dough, stretched
  • 2 cups of shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Johnsonville bratwurst, cooked, sliced
  • 12 oz pilser beer
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese beer sauce
  • chives, finely chopped (optional)

Ingredients for Cheddar Cheese Beer Sauce:

  • 12 ounces of light beer
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cracked black pepper

To make the cheddar cheese beer sauce, add the beer to a sauce pan. Bring it to a boil. Toss the flour with the cheese. Once the beer is boiling, add the cheese and flour mixture, dial down the heat, and stir constantly. Toss in some salt and pepper. Stir, and add to a serving bowl.

Make the dough by adding the flour, yeast, salt, and sugar. Mix. Add the water, and with your wooden spoons, or hands, mix until blended. I use my KitchenAid for this process to keep everything in the bowl during the rising process. Mix for about 30 seconds. The dough should be a bit stiff. Cover the bowl with a towel, and let it sit at room temperature until the dough has doubled in volume, about 2 hours. You can do this ahead of time as well, and place in an oiled container, big enough to house the dough, and place in the refrigerator overnight.

How to make a Wisconsin Bratwurst Pizza

Add the brats to  medium sized pot. Toss in half of the sliced onions and then entire beer, and bring this to a simmer, cooking for about 25 minutes. Remove two brats, and slice into about 1/2 inch rounds. Set aside.

Preheat your oven to 500 degrees, and place your pizza stone, or sheet pan in the oven to preheat. Once preheated, let the stone stay in the oven for about 10 minutes to get nice and hot.

Once the dough has risen, divide into two portions. With one of the portions, add some flour to a large pastry board, and take that portion of the dough, and form into a large enough piece to place onto your pizza stone.

Place the dough on the preheated stone, then add the pizza sauce, making sure you get a nice, thin coating around the entire pizza dough.

Top with the shredded mozzarella cheese, then scatter half of the thinly sliced onions on top of the cheese. Place the sliced brats onto the pizza, then drizzle the cheddar cheese beer sauce on top of the pizza.

Wisconsin Bratwurst Pizza

Place into the preheated oven and cook for about 25 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and bubbly and the crust is a dark golden color.

Remove from the oven and place onto a pizza sheet, shower the pizza with the chives, and let the pizza rest for about 10 minutes before slicing into it.

OK, the result is truly an awesome pizza. At first glance one might think it is just a sausage pizza, but then you get that awesome aroma from the beer brat. Biting into it yields everything you would want in a great brat, and then the onion, and that cheddar cheese beer sauce that melts right into the pizza, need I say more!? This pizza is a real winner, and I am glad that I can introduce you to some of the fine things that Wisconsin has to offer. I hope you enjoy!

Wisconsin Bratwurst Pizza
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Serves: 6
 
A great Wisconsin pizza that uses bratwurst cooked in beer and onions and topped with a cheddar cheese beer sauce.
Ingredients
  • Ingredients for the pizza dough: (Makes 2 pizzas):
  • 3¾ cup of bread flour
  • 2½ tsp active dry yeast
  • ¾ tsp table salt
  • ¾ plus a pinch of sugar
  • 1⅓ cups of room temperature water
  • Ingredients for the Wisconsin Bratwurst Pizza: (Makes 1 pizza)
  • 1 cup of pizza sauce
  • 1 portion of pizza dough, stretched
  • 2 cups of shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Johnsonville bratwurst, cooked, sliced
  • 12 oz pilser beer
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup of cheddar cheese beer sauce
  • chives, finely chopped (optional)
  • Ingredients for Cheddar Cheese Beer Sauce:
  • 12 ounces of light beer
  • 1½ cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cracked black pepper
Instructions
  1. To make the cheddar cheese beer sauce, add the beer to a sauce pan. Bring it to a boil. Toss the flour with the cheese. Once the beer is boiling, add the cheese and flour mixture, dial down the heat, and stir constantly. Toss in some salt and pepper. Stir, and add to a serving bowl.
  2. Make the dough by adding the flour, yeast, salt, and sugar. Mix. Add the water, and with your wooden spoons, or hands, mix until blended. I use my KitchenAid for this process to keep everything in the bowl during the rising process. Mix for about 30 seconds. The dough should be a bit stiff. Cover the bowl with a towel, and let it sit at room temperature until the dough has doubled in volume, about 2 hours. You can do this ahead of time as well, and place in an oiled container, big enough to house the dough, and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Add the brats to medium sized pot. Toss in half of the sliced onions and then entire beer, and bring this to a simmer, cooking for about 25 minutes. Remove two brats, and slice into about ½ inch rounds. Set aside.
  4. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees, and place your pizza stone, or sheet pan in the oven to preheat. Once preheated, let the stone stay in the oven for about 10 minutes to get nice and hot.
  5. Once the dough has risen, divide into two portions. With one of the portions, add some flour to a large pastry board, and take that portion of the dough, and form into a large enough piece to place onto your pizza stone.
  6. Place the dough on the preheated stone, then add the pizza sauce, making sure you get a nice, thin coating around the entire pizza dough.
  7. Top with the shredded mozzarella cheese, then scatter half of the thinly sliced onions on top of the cheese. Place the sliced brats onto the pizza, then drizzle the cheddar cheese beer sauce on top of the pizza.
  8. Place into the preheated oven and cook for about 25 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and bubbly and the crust is a dark golden color.
  9. Remove from the oven and place onto a pizza sheet, shower the pizza with the chives, and let the pizza rest for about 10 minutes before slicing into it.
  10. OK, the result is truly an awesome pizza. At first glance one might think it is just a sausage pizza, but then you get that awesome aroma from the beer brat. Biting into it yields everything you would want in a great brat, and then the onion, and that cheddar cheese beer sauce that melts right into the pizza, need I say more!? This pizza is a real winner, and I am glad that I can introduce you to some of the fine things that Wisconsin has to offer. I hope you enjoy!

 

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  1. Hi Dax! Just found your site through Tasty Kitchen. I’m really impressed by all of your recipes! I can’t wait to try and make some of them myself. Your pizza recipes especially.. amazing.

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