This is a recipe from a sweet old German lady I used to attend church with. Allow for plenty of time to prepare and cook this dish. It is definitely worth the time and effort! Serve with hot German potato salad and red cabbage.

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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the sauerkraut, caraway seeds, brown sugar, and apple into a large saucepan over medium-low heat, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  • Place the bacon and onion into a skillet over medium heat, and cook until the bacon is almost crisp and the onion is beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Stir the bacon mixture into the sauerkraut. In the same skillet, brown the kielbasa sausage in the remaining bacon grease until the sausage begins to brown, 10 to 15 minutes; stir into the sauerkraut mixture. Spoon the sauerkraut and sausage mixture into the prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 1 hour.

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Nutrition Facts

777 calories; 62.3 g total fat; 128 mg cholesterol; 2702 mg sodium. 28.6 g carbohydrates; 24.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2010
Why do people like Dee say they made a recipe but the completely change all the main ingredients? Then they say it's not good. I made it and it's very good. I don't like caraway seed, so I left that out, but that was optional. Serving suggestions by the original poster are exactly right on. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/19/2010
I did not add the apple and omitted the bacon. Also I substituted Italian sausage for the Kielbasa. I feel that kielbasa is too greasy. Came out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2010
Why do people like Dee say they made a recipe but the completely change all the main ingredients? Then they say it's not good. I made it and it's very good. I don't like caraway seed, so I left that out, but that was optional. Serving suggestions by the original poster are exactly right on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2010
Why do people like Dee say they made a recipe but the completely change all the main ingredients? Then they say it's not good. I made it and it's very good. I don't like caraway seed, so I left that out, but that was optional. Serving suggestions by the original poster are exactly right on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2010
Great dish. I made the recipe as described, but cooked in it in the slow cooker, and added 1/2 cup apple juice so it wouldn't dry out. Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2011
My family loves sauerkraut and they said this was the best recipe yet! I followed the recipe except I used 2-2 lb bags (4 lb) of sauerkraut (I mentioned my family likes sauerkraut...). I did not double the remaining ingredients. I put the sauerkraut in my large crockpot sauteed the bacon and onion and then added it with the sugar and apple. I did not use caraway. I browned some country ribs and placed them on top along with several smoked sausage (I like brats but only had the smoked sausage). I let it slow cook all day. I made mashed Yukon Gold potatoes to go along with the meal. The family raved about it! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2010
My rating is based on the actual recipe given. This is a classic homestyle recipe with great flavors. The only thing I did differently after tasting the original is add a pinch of salt and pepper. Very nice recipe thanks for sharing it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2010
Great recipe! Our whole family enjoyed this dish. I would definitely recommend using the caraway seeds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2012
Great didnt have hours did it in 40 min added 4 granny smiths. Im german..both sides and this was spot on. Dont use italian sausage please! Lol Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2010
This was so good. I made it in the slow cooker. Cooked and crumbled the bacon then just threw it all in with about a half cup of apple juice as another reviewer suggested. Turned out perfect served over mashed potatoes. Will make this one often! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2013
I made this exactly according to recipe cooking this in my cast iron skillet so it could go from stovetop to oven easily. I used Uncle Charley's sausage in this recipe and I served this with Meme's Mashed Potatoes. Not only did I love it but so did my husband and kids. Surprized the heck out of me I thought for sure they'd hate it. NO leftovers and the boys asked me to make this again soon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2012
Yes I agree if your not gonna follow the recipe dont rate it bad! If you change the recipe its not the recipe anymore its your recipe. It was great!!! I did like the caraway seeds. Thanks for the great recipe:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/19/2010
I did not add the apple and omitted the bacon. Also I substituted Italian sausage for the Kielbasa. I feel that kielbasa is too greasy. Came out great. Read More
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