13 Delicious Uses for Sauerkraut
Fermented cabbage might not sound all that appealing at first, yet it's a staple in many cuisines, from Korean kimchi to German sauerkraut. And these pungent fermented crucifers are currently experiencing a renaissance, thanks to their health benefits. The helpful probiotics and fiber in sauerkraut keep your gut healthy, and as it's naturally low in calories, you can enjoy as much as you like.
You can certainly buy your sauerkraut at the grocery store, but you can also make your own. We love sauerkraut as an extra flavoring in any sandwich or salad, but you can also dress it up in these 13 delicious recipes that use sauerkraut.
Pastrami-Spiced Duck Breast Reuben
For something slightly different, this play on the classic reuben features a spiced, seared duck breast. While the original recipe calls for plain, unfermented cabbage, sauerkraut will lend a great zing to the final dish.
You don't need to do much to your sauerkraut to make it sing. In this Bavarian recipe, kraut is cooked in a sweet-and-savory combo of bacon fat, brown sugar, and caraway for a distinctive side to enjoy alongside pork chops or sausages.
Seattle Cream Cheese Dogs
Did you know that cream cheese and hot dogs are the perfect match? These Seattle-style dogs are served on buttered buns with cream cheese, onions, and, of course, a spoonful of kraut.
Hot Baked Reuben Dip
Take all of the delicious flavors of a reuben and convert them into a dip! In this rich, gooey recipe, pastrami, pickled relish, and sauerkraut mingle with three different cheeses. Spread on rye crackers for even more authentic flavor.
Instead of cole slaw, consider serving this tangy sauerkraut salad at your next picnic or cookout. Sauerkraut joins carrots, celery, and pickled pimento peppers for a flavorful salad that's even better when made in advance.
Reuben Crescent Bake
These deep-fried bites are filled with tangy sauerkraut and a rich combination of chopped ham and chopped corned beef. Rolled in breadcrumbs and deep-fried, they're an excellent addition to any cocktail party.
Beer Glazed Brats and Sauerkraut
Italian cuisine meets Germany in this pizza recipe, where thousand island dressing and Swiss cheese stand in for tomato and mozzarella. A trip through the oven makes the sauerkraut crispy and slightly caramelized.
Reuben Noodle Bake
Egg noodles, corned beef, and sauerkraut mingle in this delicious casserole topped with a crispy layer of Saltine cracker crumbs and gooey Swiss cheese.
Polish Sauerkraut and Carrot Salad
This crisp, tangy salad is a common winter staple in Poland. To make it, sauerkraut and grated carrot are combined with fresh apple and onion. The sweet-and-savory salad is the perfect side to roast pork or roast chicken.
These sweet, yeasted rolls are filled with a delightful combination of ground beef, sausage, sauerkraut, and two kinds of cheese. The perfect main dish or savory snack!