Sauerkraut and kielbasa is a traditional German dish, and makes a hearty dinner. Whether simmered all day in a slow-cooker, cooked in the oven or simmered on the stove top, it's the perfect meal for a chilly day. This sauerkraut recipe uses the addition of apples, beer and caraway seeds.
Things You'll Need
- 16 oz. sauerkraut, mostly drained
- Granny smith apple, diced
- Small onion, diced
- 16 oz. smoked kielbasa, German sausage or smoked pork
- 1 tsp. caraway seeds
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1/2 cup beer
Decide how to cook your sauerkraut. This recipe works best using a slow-cooker, but you may choose to cook this on low heat on the stove, or in the oven in a covered dish. A slow-cooker will simmer this sauerkraut to perfection in about six hours, an oven will take about two to three hours and the stove top in a covered skillet about an hour. The sauerkraut recipe is the same either way; only the cooking times are different.
Drain the sauerkraut, reserving some liquid. Place it in the pot and add about a half cup of liquid back in. If you prefer a more tart sauerkraut, add a little extra juice. If you prefer a sweeter sauerkraut, add a little less.
Slice kielbasa or German sausage on the diagonal into 3/4-inch pieces. Smoked pork also goes well with this sauerkraut recipe, and should be cut into bite-sized pieces. Place in pot with sauerkraut, and stir.
Dice a small onion and a granny smith apple. Add the pieces to the sauerkraut and stir well. Dice onion pieces a little smaller than the apple pieces, and white onions work best with this recipe. If granny smith apples are not available, golden delicious or any other tart apple works well.
Add 1 tsp. of caraway seeds, 1 cup of apple juice and a half-cup beer. A dark German beer will give the best flavor, but any beer will do. The alcohol will cook out. If you prefer a sweeter sauerkraut, add a little more apple juice. Stir well, and if your sauerkraut doesn't have enough liquid, add a little of the original juice diluted with water.
Cover the sauerkraut tightly, and cook according to the times listed in Step 1. If you're cooking on the stove top, stir frequently to prevent burning and sticking to the skillet.
Tips & Warnings
- Turkey sausage can be used for a lower-fat recipe.
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