BRATS AND SAUERKRAUT SANDWICH
Butter both sides of bread slices. Arrange bread slices on a rack in a broiler pan; broil until slices are toasted. Do not broil second side of bread slices. Or, grill one side of bread slices on a hot grill. Arrange bread slices, untoasted-side-up, on a grill rack in a broiler pan; set aside
Grill or pan-grill (in a large heavy skillet) brats or other smoked sausage to desired doneness, turning brats to brown evenly. While brats are browning, heat sauerkraut in a heavy saucepan over moderate heat; drain well.
With a sharp knife, slit brats or other sausages in half lengthwise. Arrange 2 grilled brat halves or other sausages on the untoasted side of each bread slice. Spread mustard as desired over brats/sausages of each sandwich. Top each with ¼ cup sauerkraut and then a cheese slice. Broil, about 6 inches from heat source, until cheese is melted. May cut each sandwich in half diagonally, if desired. Accompany each sandwich with a dill pickle slice and additional mustard. May also accompany with a knife and fork, if desired.
Variation: Top each sandwich with a second slice of toasted bread (buttered and toasted only on one side, toasted-side-up).