This wonderful dish combines all things Oktoberfest! It has spaetzle and sausage, and the sauerkraut is flavored with bacon, brown sugar, apples, and sauteed onions. Yum! This dish reheats well the next day and is very filling!

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a metal colander.

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  • Whisk together the flour and salt in a bowl. Mix the eggs and water, and pour into the flour mixture. Stir to form a dough.

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Place the spaetzle dough into the oiled colander, and set the colander over the pot of water. Use a flexible spatula to push the dough into the boiling water through the holes in the colander. Stir the spaetzle as they boil. When they have floated to the top, they are done (about 5 minutes). Scoop the spaetzle out of the boiling water, and place into an ungreased 9x9-inch baking dish.

  • Place the bacon in a skillet over medium heat, and cook, stirring often, until the bacon is crisp, about 8 minutes. Remove bacon, leaving drippings in pan, and set aside. Cook the onion in the same pan as the bacon until browned, about 10 minutes.

  • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat until foamy, and stir in the apple and brown sugar. Cook and stir until the apple is soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer the cooked bacon, onions, and sauerkraut into the skillet, and cook, stirring often, until the flavors have blended, about 5 minutes. Pour the sauerkraut mixture into the 9x9-inch baking dish on top of the spaetzle.

  • Place the kielbasa pieces into a microwave-safe dish, and cook on full power in a microwave oven until the sausage is hot and has lost its pink color, 2 or 3 minutes. Transfer the sausage to the baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

496 calories; protein 17.5g 35% DV; carbohydrates 34.1g 11% DV; fat 31.7g 49% DV; cholesterol 160.5mg 54% DV; sodium 1643.7mg 66% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (31)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/07/2011
For a little added flavor, brown the kielbasa slices with the onion instead of heating in the microwave. Put a teaspoon or so of caraway seeds in with the kraut. Sur Gut!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/10/2015
Where oh where did I go wrong. I've made a dish very similar to this for years that everyone loves but this one no one liked. I found it to be a lot of work as written and the sauerkraut over powered everything good in this dish. Such a shame. I've made spätzle before but it's been years and I know I messed it up. My pot of water was not large enough to accommodate the noodles so I wound up with a mushy mess although they did taste good on their own they were lost in this dish. It would have been nice if the recipe specified how large a pot or how much water to cook the noodles in however being an experienced cook I should have known better. Anyway my second problem was with the sauerkraut. I always rinse and drain mine but because the recipe didn't say this I opted to put the kraut in as is. I know some people do not rinse because they like the full flavor of the kraut. I wrongly assumed this was the intention of the recipe. So color me stupid. At least that's how I felt. If I were to make this again I would do it my way. First saute everything in one pan bacon onion kielbasa then apple butter brown sugar. Rinse and drain the kraut and add that to the pan and simmer it all to blend the favors. When done throw in your noodles. I personally like kluski but I've even used egg noodles in a pinch or go ahead and make the spaetzle and stir it all together for a few minutes and serve. No reason to dirty a bunch of pans or casserole and no need to use the oven. Read More
(7)
34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/07/2011
For a little added flavor, brown the kielbasa slices with the onion instead of heating in the microwave. Put a teaspoon or so of caraway seeds in with the kraut. Sur Gut!!! Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2011
Was completely delicious. I wasn't totally sure about the apple, but oh yes. I didn't make my own spaetzle but rather used some store bought, and mine ended up a little dry, but that very well might have been my fault as the ratios might have been off. So next time I would probably reserve some of the pasta cooking liquid. But totally delicious! I am thinking of including this as a side on Thanksgiving :) Served with wheat beer and hard pretzels with mustard, ah-mazing! Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2011
I was very leary about this dish. I picked it on a whim, and the whole time cooking it doubted it. However.... I was totally wrong and it was a complete hit!!! I used the Cost Plus World Market Spaetzle to save on time, and maybe used too much cause felt it needed more sauce, but something for me to play with. This was delicious all the way through and my boyfriends family and I LOVED IT!! Will definitely making it again! Oh, didn't have a gala apple so use one that looked similar to it (sorry I can't remember the name of it) but it worked just as good! And one more note, I hate sauerkraut, but in this dish... i could eat it all day! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/09/2015
Where oh where did I go wrong. I've made a dish very similar to this for years that everyone loves but this one no one liked. I found it to be a lot of work as written and the sauerkraut over powered everything good in this dish. Such a shame. I've made spätzle before but it's been years and I know I messed it up. My pot of water was not large enough to accommodate the noodles so I wound up with a mushy mess although they did taste good on their own they were lost in this dish. It would have been nice if the recipe specified how large a pot or how much water to cook the noodles in however being an experienced cook I should have known better. Anyway my second problem was with the sauerkraut. I always rinse and drain mine but because the recipe didn't say this I opted to put the kraut in as is. I know some people do not rinse because they like the full flavor of the kraut. I wrongly assumed this was the intention of the recipe. So color me stupid. At least that's how I felt. If I were to make this again I would do it my way. First saute everything in one pan bacon onion kielbasa then apple butter brown sugar. Rinse and drain the kraut and add that to the pan and simmer it all to blend the favors. When done throw in your noodles. I personally like kluski but I've even used egg noodles in a pinch or go ahead and make the spaetzle and stir it all together for a few minutes and serve. No reason to dirty a bunch of pans or casserole and no need to use the oven. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2012
I made my own Bavarian style kraut and used a honeycrisp apple instead of a gala. I also browned the kielbasa in the bacon drippings instead of using the microwave. Other than that I followed the recipe pretty close and it turned out great! Will definitely make this again! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2011
I can't wait to try this one. I'm going to used the imported Spaetzle I bought at World Market but I'm sure the homemade is better. Thanks for posting the recipe. Edit: it was good; but a little more bland than I was expecting; you'd think with apples and brown sugar and onions and kraut that there would be an explosion of flavors; may have to add to it next time. But it was a tasty meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2013
This is DELICIOUS!!! Wonderful! I was just looking for a Kielbasa and Sauerkraut recipe. Made my own home made Sauerkraut last year so looking to use some up and had some Polish sausage in the freezer too. Made this it is excellent! For the first try I skipped the butter apple and brown sugar because I was a little unsure about that. I didn't want to go for sweet right away. Now the next time I make this I will try it with the apple butter and brown sugar maybe because I think the flavors would blend famously! Excellent dish! Really happy I tried it! I will not here the Spaetzle was a new try for me I have not made Spaetzle before so I think it turned out but I will try other methods. Like I said I hadn't made Spaetzle before so not sure what to expect. Just the same it turned out great and the dinner was a hit with the family!!!:) Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2013
I took this to a potluck and it didn't go over well but when I tasted it I decided it was okay...more for me! The sauerkraut was a little on the sweet side for my taste but that is a matter of taste. Otherwise I thought the whole package was perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2011
love this! Read More
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