German Style Sauerkraut

"This is the only way DH likes sauerkraut any more. We saw it on PBS many years ago. It was a PBS affiliate out of Oregon and I have no idea if it was a German language course for adults or a German cooking show. We watched the next week, but no German program of any kind. The woman cooking had a beautiful voice. Keep the juniper berries and caraway seeds confined. One time I didn't have any cheesecloth and just dumped in the spices. The caraway isn't too bad, but the juniper stays hard and tastes nasty when you bite and they don't get soft, which may be worse. Don't cheat and chop the potato. It has to be grated. It turns creamy and saucy. The potato won't do that if you slice or chop. Put some nice, big sausages or hot dogs on top and heat through and it's a one dish meal."
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins




  • Fry bacon until almost crisp.
  • Add onion and cook until limp.
  • Add rinsed sauerkraut.
  • Add water to cover.
  • Put caraway and juniper in a tea ball or wrap in cheesecloth so it can be removed later.
  • Add bay leaf.
  • Cover and let simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Add more water if necessary.
  • Should be juicy but not soupy.
  • Remove spices.
  • Stir in shredded potato.
  • The potato will melt and turn saucy.
  • Stir in wine.

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