A delicious mixture of some traditional German ingredients makes for instant and easy comfort food.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
7
Yield:
7 servings
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Ingredients

7
Original recipe yields 7 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot over medium heat, heat the olive oil, and cook the skinned bratwurst until browned, breaking the sausage up into chunks as it cooks, about 10 minutes. Stir in the onions and garlic, and cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 more minutes. Mix in fennel seed and sauerkraut with juice, and allow the mixture to pan-fry for 2 minutes without stirring.

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  • Mix in the rice and soup base, and stir until the rice is colored and the soup base is incorporated, about 2 more minutes. Stir in water, black pepper, and raisins, and bring to a boil; cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until rice is tender and almost all the water has absorbed, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes

I like to use bratwurst sausages, and remove the skins before cooking instead of buying it ground. That way when I fry it in the pan and break it up, I can leave big chunks as well as smaller ground meat.

Alternate forms of rice cooking work just as well, like boiling until almost all of the water is even with the top of the rice mixture (no more floating rice), then remove from heat, cover and let sit for 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

716 calories; protein 19g 38% DV; carbohydrates 79g 26% DV; fat 35.2g 54% DV; cholesterol 59.5mg 20% DV; sodium 1632.6mg 65% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2012
This was an excellent recipe. We all loved it. I used whole rice instead of white... and I used a little extra meat. When we came back from the bar later on in the evening we had some left overs and topped it with some BBQ sauce or some mustard and it was awsome! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/19/2014
We all loved it the first night we had it but it didn't taste as good leftover. If I make it again I will cut the recipe in half. Read More
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32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2012
This was an excellent recipe. We all loved it. I used whole rice instead of white... and I used a little extra meat. When we came back from the bar later on in the evening we had some left overs and topped it with some BBQ sauce or some mustard and it was awsome! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2012
This was excellent. I think next time I will mix the rice and meat mixtures in the frying pan before serving just for the ease of serving but the meal was excellent. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/19/2014
We all loved it the first night we had it but it didn't taste as good leftover. If I make it again I will cut the recipe in half. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2014
Excellent! Of course had to change a bit with what was on hand...I used ground sausage not bratwurst because I'm lazy. Also added some celery seed with the fennel. Not sure if my sauerkraut was Bavarian it's sauerkraut I get from the refrigerated section in a bag. The sauerkraut tang was there but just toned down enough that it's not all you think of. I used beef base instead of chicken. I was generous with the raisins and they did not taste like raisins when the dish was done just delicious so don't leave them out:) Servings are very generous. Now I am wondering what subbing some beer for the water would taste like...? Thanks for the fabulous recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2013
I just made this. I love the balance of the flavors. I like sauerkraut but usually find it overwhelms whatever it is eaten with. The rice mellows out the sauerkraut perfectly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2013
This more than satisfied my bratwurst and sauerkraut craving! This is an excellent comfort food dish and it came together very quickly on the stove making it a great week night meal. Make sure you grab a large enough pot because this makes A LOT! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2014
This was realllllly good:0) My guy didn't like it so much but I did. It's a fruit thing we didn't have raisins so I used cranberries. Don't worry I'll eat it. YUMMY.. Thanks for posting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2015
This was delicious. I did make one change in the recipe. I only used one cup of rice and two cups of water with the chicken soup base. The next time and there will be a next time I will add more raisins. This was a nice combination of flavors and was even better the next day. Thank you Natdiamond for sharing your recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/03/2012
Used vegetarian substitutes. Worked well. Read More
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