Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins
When I was a kid, I hated kraut. My mom popped it straight out of the can. Then I learned that I could make kraut that I could actually like. Come try some of my kraut. You'll like kraut too!
- 2 onions, sliced very thin
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons margarine
- 2 lbs cold pack sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup apple juice (or apple cider)
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon caraway seed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 lbs smoked sausage, cut into 3 ",lengths
- Heat margarine in large pot over medium heat; add onions and saute until they are tender.
- Add sauerkraut, apple juice, water, caraway seed, salt, pepper, and brown sugar, mixing all ingredients thoroughly.
- Bring pot mixture to a boil; then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add smoked sausage pieces to pot, and cook for 30-45 minutes more, simmering, and stirring occasionally, until sauerkraut is tender.
Yum!! Eating this dish brought back memories of meals I used to have with my German grandmother when I was young. The apple juice added just the right touch of sweetness. I made this as written except that I omitted the brown sugar. My husband doesn't like things too sweet, so leaving out the sugar worked perfectly. Also, I used turkey smoked sausage. This goes together very quickly and easily with very little effort. I served this with roasted carrots and a nice mug of cold beer...heaven!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe...it is definitely a keeper!! *Made for ZWT6 Xtra Hot Dishes*
When thinking of sauerkraut and sausage, my favorite German restaurant in New Braunfuls, TX comes to mind. This recipe will save me some driving since it is better! Onions and apple juice perfectly compliment the flavor of sauerkraut. I browned the sausages before sauteing the onions and later nestled the sausages in the saurkraut so all the flavors could mingle. This recipe is perfect to make ahead and reheat or finish cooking just before serving. My only change was to use chicken broth instead of water; I might also try using all apple juice. Many thanks for posting, I encourage everyone to try your kraut!
Not a huge fan of sauerkraut, but actually crave it on occasion, since I am from German decent. LoL! I liked this very much. I had a couple of sad looking apples in the fridge, so added them to the kraut. I also didn't use the suggested sausage and subbed with smoked pork chops. :)