Instant Pot: Cider Glazed Bratwurst

I'm usually a coffee drinker but this time of year is when I switch to apple cider. In fact, I usually have a gallon or two in my fridge to drink up but I also try to use apple cider in recipes as well. When cooking or baking with apple cider, I tend to reduce it to a syrup like consistency for a more intense flavor. This time, I used the cider as a braising liquid for bratwurst, which reduced down to a glaze. These Cider Glazed Bratwursts had the perfect touch of sweetness from the apple cider, making it a nice change from the traditional beer braised bratwurst recipe

I prepared this with minimal ingredients - 3 to be exact. And preparing these were just as easy. Boil the brats in the apple cider until the cider reduces and thickens down to a glaze, then serve it up in a bun! You could adapt the recipe for the grill if you wanted as well. Either way, it's a great way to serve up brats if you don't want to use beer or if you just want a little sweet apple flavor with your brat.

Cider Glazed Bratwurst
recipe adapted from Weber

1 cup apple cider
1 onion, thinly sliced
5 fresh bratwurst, pierced several times
5 submarine sandwich buns, halved lengthwise

In your Instant Pot:

Plug in the IP with insert set in place.

Add the apple cider, onions and bratwurst.

Secure the lid of the IP and ensure the valve is set to SEALING.

Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 8 minutes on HIGH pressure.

The display will reflect ON while the IP comes to pressure. Allow a few minutes for your IP to come to pressure.

Once at pressure, the display will reflect 8 (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes.

When the IP beeps after pressure cooking for 8 minutes, allow your IP to naturally release pressure for 5 minutes. While naturally releasing pressure (also known as NPR or NR), the display will reflect numbers counting up from 1. The numbers indicate how many minutes the IP has stopped cooking since it beeped (or how many minutes it has been naturally releasing pressure).  No need to touch your IP while it naturally releases pressure. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it's safe to open.

When the display reflects L5:00 (which is 5 minutes since the IP has beeped), turn the setting on top of your IP to VENTING. Doing so allows the IP to quickly release any remaining pressure (also known as QPR or QR). I use a wooden spoon to carefully turn the setting to avoid close contact with the potential steam. You may also want to turn your IP away from cabinets to allow the released steam to escape freely. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it's safe to open.

Open up your IP when the pin has dropped (allow a few minutes for this to happen).

Press SAUTE and cook until apple cider reduces. The cider will eventually reduce and thicken to glaze the bratwurst.

Place the brats in the buns and garnish as desired. Serve hot.

* You can easily double the recipe by cooking 10-12 brats with 2 cups of apple cider and pressure cooking for 10-12 minutes instead of 8.

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