This is a German recipe that my Mom made for us every New Year's Day. Although my siblings didn't care for sauerkraut, Mom INSISTED that we eat pork & sauerkraut for good luck on New Year's Day back in the 70's. Well, this is the recipe that we ALL loved, and I handed it down to my kids as well...A true tradition in my family, and a recipe that I found in one of Mom's Crock Pot Cookbooks from 1970, but tweaked just a bit so we all would like it! Truly yummy, totally filling, and the switch-up she made to using "Bavarian" sauerkraut makes all the difference in taste! Both of my ex-DH's love this recipe and brag about it to other people to this day...
- 3 slices bacon
- 3 small potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 small granny smith apples, cored, peeled and cubed
- 1 lb smoked sausage (Eckrich Skinless)
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon flour
- 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans Bavarian-style sweet sauerkraut (1 can drained, but keep the liquid in the 2nd can)
- 1⁄2 cup water
- Fry bacon until crisp. Drain (reserving drippings in pan) and break into small pieces. Add flour to the bacon drippings and blend well until slightly golden brown.
- Stir in sauerkraut (and liquid from 1 can). Mix well and saute for 5 minutes.
- Place sauerkraut mixture, crumbled bacon and sausage pieces in crock pot.
- Add all other ingredients. Mix together thoroughly.
- Cover and cook on Low 7 to 9 hours.
- Salt & pepper to taste, but you may not need it!
How heartwarming and comforting! I often make a variation of this kraut dish on occasion, although I rarely, if at all, have added potatoes to the mix. I really enjoyed them here! Using the crock pot makes the sauerkraut really tender. I am sure I will be using this variation again in the future! ~Sue