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Summer Cooking With Kids: Learning Knife Skills and a Recipe for Brats with Garlic-Parsley Relish

Summer Cooking With Kids: Learning Knife Skills and a Recipe for Brats with Garlic-Parsley Relish

’Tis the season for cookouts and backyard barbecues. While hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs are summertime staples, why not shake up your grill game?

Brats are an easy upgrade from hot dogs—especially when topped with a garlic citrus parsley relish. Plus, this recipe is a great way for your kids to learn different knife cuts—chop, mince, and julienne—and to develop good knife skills.

We get it. The idea of pairing kids with knives is a little frightening to say the least. But using a knife, safely and properly, is an important life skill. Here are some key tips to keep in mind.

1. Stand at the right height

When handling a knife, you want your child to be able to stand so they can easily rest their hands on the countertop. If your little one can’t see the work surface, grab a stool or consider using a kitchen stand.

2. Create a safe work space

Place a wet paper towel under a cutting board to prevent it from slipping. If you have younger kids, consider picking up a pair of kid-friendly knives. These will fit little hands better, allowing them to grip and use them safely.

3. Demonstrate

Demonstrate each of the different knife cuts called for in the recipe. Teach your kids to use a claw-like grip to hold the food with fingers slightly curled under so the knuckles can act as a bumper and prevent cutting any fingers! For foods with rounded edges, like the cornichons, give it a flat surface first so it doesn’t accidentally slip while mincing, chopping or julienning.


Brats with Garlic-Parsley Relish

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serves 8


  • 8 sweet Italian sausage links (or a veggie alternative of your choice)

  • 8 brioche hot dog buns

  • ¼ cup cornichon, minced

  • ½ cup Bowery Parsley, chopped plus more for garnish

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 2 strips lemon peel, julienned

  • 2 garlic cloves, grated

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper



1. Prepare a grill for medium heat and oil the grate.

2. Grill the sausage links until well done, 8 to 10 minutes. Keep the buns and sausages warm.

3. While the sausages grill, make the sauce: In a small bowl, mix the remaining ingredients and season with salt and pepper.

4. Serve the sausages in buns with the sauce and garnish with parsley leaves.

Recipe developed by The Culinistas for Bowery Farming.

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