Total Time
1hr 25mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins

Having married into a Polish family, I had to learn to cook sauerkraut "properly," as it was frequently served as an accompaniment to pork, ham and homemade kielbasa. This is how my M-I-L taught me to make it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven or a heavy saucepan.
  2. Add onion and cook until golden yellow.
  3. Stir in sauerkraut and 1/2 cup water, cook for about 8 minutes.
  4. Add potato and caraway seed, mix well.
  5. Pour in about 2 cups of boiling water.
  6. Cook uncovered over low heat for 30 minutes.
  7. Cover, and continue cooking for 30 minutes longer.
  8. If it starts to dry out, add the additional 1/2 cup of boiling water.
Most Helpful

my mil is czech and i had to learn to make things properly too lol this is great i love the shredded poatoe in it dee adding a bouillion cube is nice

Dienia B. January 05, 2006

I found this recipe fairly bland for my taste. So - I made it again but did not rinse the sauerkraut, used beer instad of water and added a heaping tablespoon of dijon mustard at the end. This version got raves. I do appreciate the recipe since I did not know about sauteing onions in butter and adding shredded potatoes.

NannyMarvel November 12, 2005

We really liked this,will make again.Thanks Linda

lin1 February 16, 2005