Braised Sauerkraut and Sausage Recipe

A classic German Christmas dish and fit for cold weather, this braised sauerkraut and sausage recipe includes bacon and apple for a very flavorful and hearty dish. In addition to being one of the ingredients, pair with a glass of Riesling wine.

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Braised sauerkraut and sausage recipe

German Recipe Inspiration

In scouring the internet for ideas on fun German-inspired recipes that used a ton of sauerkraut for the holidays, I wanted to also bring into play part of what I really loved about eating German food during my travels. For as many ingredients as possible, I sourced locally. The sausages came from a tiny butcher shop in a small town an hour away. The Riesling was locally grown and produced. The sauerkraut brand prides themselves on simple authentic ingredients. All these elements together really contribute to the success of this dish.

This recipe was created as part of a sponsorship with Bubbies. Accompanying Instagram post here:

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Whole Grain Mustard

I went to a party hosted by a German friend once and asked what the difference was between the mustards brought to the US from Germany and the ones available here. His reply was one was from Germany and one was from the United States. Thus, don’t get too caught up on where your condiments are from. Choose a good quality whole grain mustard that is available locally, or even better learn how to make your own. The best kind is going to be the type with simple ingredients. Water, mustard seeds, vinegar, salt, white wine, lactic acid, maybe one or two other additives depending on the brand and style.

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Visual Recipe Steps

Use thick cut slabs of bacon
Use thick cut slabs of bacon
Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces
Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces
Simmer until fat is rendered and bacon is crisp.
Simmer until fat is rendered and bacon is crisp.
Transfer bacon to paper towel and pat dry
Transfer bacon to paper towel and pat dry
Drain sauerkraut, rinse, and squeeze dry.
Drain sauerkraut, rinse, and squeeze dry.
Add onions to casserole and cook until soft.
Add onions to casserole and cook until soft.
Add spices to the casserole.
Add spices to the casserole.
Add sauerkraut and apples, reduce heat to low, and cook for about 45 minutes or apples are tender.
Add sauerkraut and apples, reduce heat to low, and cook for about 45 minutes or apples are tender.
Cook the sausages in boiling water.
Cook the sausages in boiling water, about 10 minutes.
Remove sausages from water and let sit until ready to brown and serve.
Remove sausages from water and let sit until ready to brown and serve.
Bbq the sausages right before serving.
BBQ the sausages to brown before serving.
Braised sauerkraut sausage served
Serve the braised sauerkraut sausage served on a platter. Add bacon on top.

Braised Sauerkraut and Sausage

Michael Kahn
This classic German Christmas dish of braised sauerkraut and sausage makes for a great cold weather meal. Toss in some bacon, apple and a splash of Riesling wine for a very flavorful and hearty dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Entree
Cuisine German
Servings 6 people
Calories 4564 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 5 ounces Bacon Thick cut, slice into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 Onion Large, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons White wine Dry varietal, Riesling recommended
  • 1 Apple Large, firm sweet type, such as Fuji or Pink Lady. Peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 15 Juniper berries
  • 4 Bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper Freshly ground
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 1/2 pounds Sauerkraut Drained, rinsed and squeezed dry (4 packed cups). 2 jars of Bubbies Sauerkraut.
  • 12 Sausages German style, such as weisswurst or bratwurst
  • Whole Grain mustard For serving

Instructions
 

  • In a large, enameled cast-iron casserole, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil until shimmering.
    Add the bacon and cook over moderately high heat until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes.
    Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel–lined plate.
  • Drain Sauerkraut, rinse, and squeeze dry. Rest on cloth until ready to add to casserole.
  • Add the onion to the casserole, cover partially and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until very soft, about 20 minutes.
    Increase the heat to moderately high.
    Add the wine, apple, juniper berries, bay leaves, sugar, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and boil for 3 minutes.
    Add the water and the sauerkraut.
    Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the apple is very tender, about 45 minutes.
  • To cook the sausages, follow the instructions provided by the retailer, depending on how they were made. For sausages made by a local butcher, these were the instructions I followed:
    Put sausage in a pot of water and bring to a boil. Place lid on top of pot and remove from burner. Let stand 10 minutes with lid on. Remove from pot and let rest. Place on BBQ to brown, timing with sauerkraut when it is almost ready.
  • Spoon the sauerkraut onto a platter and arrange the sausages on top.
    Sprinkle the reserved bacon over the sausages and serve with whole grain mustard.

Nutrition

Serving: 6peopleCalories: 4564kcalCarbohydrates: 90gProtein: 184gFat: 383gSaturated Fat: 117gCholesterol: 828mgSodium: 17268mgPotassium: 5093mgFiber: 39gSugar: 46gVitamin A: 1120IUVitamin C: 190mgCalcium: 468mgIron: 29mg
Keyword Apple, Bacon, Sauerkraut, Sausage
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