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This recipe is from Fredericksburg, TX which was settled in the 1840's by Germans who came over with a German prince who wanted to establish a colony in the New World. After a few years the prince got bored and returned to Europe, but his fellow Germans stayed behind. This was printed in a cookbook published on the 125th anniversary of Fredericksburg. You can also use weinkraut, which I would, but Recipezaar has never heard of it.
- Place the cubed apple, potato, and onion in a saucepan along with the hot water. Boil until vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.
- Add the sauerkraut or weinkraut and the bacon drippings or the bacon. Cover and simmer for about 2 hours. About 10 minutes before dish is done, add the hot dogs and replace cover, if wished.