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Sandy's Sweet Slow Cooker Sauerkraut

Rated as 4.74 out of 5 Stars

"Every New Year's Day, my mom would make her 'famous' sauerkraut. It is more than a traditional meal to ensure a prosperous new year; it is simply delicious (and easy)! Even for those who do not usually enjoy sauerkraut, this recipe's sweet flavor is hard to resist!"
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8 h 20 m servings 264
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Place sauerkraut, water, carrot, brown sugar, apple, sweet onion, caraway seeds, salt, and black pepper in a slow cooker. Cook on Low for about 7 hours; add kielbasa. Cook for one more hour.


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  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 264 calories; 15.7 23.5 8.3 37 1302 Full nutrition

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I have used this site many times and have found some very good recipes but have never made the effort to rate until making this for New Year's.It took me back many years ago,to my late mother an...

I have to tell you, I was very nervous about following this recipe as written, but I'm glad I did. I only varied from the recipe in two minor details; one, I cooked on high for half the time,...

Nice recipe. I cut the brown sugar to 1/4 cup and used chicken broth instead of water cuz I had it left over from another recipe. Authentic, polish dish. I served with mashed potatoes.

This is a great recipe. I substituted beer for the liquid and served it over homemade mashed potatoes!

Would give it 5 stars except that I changed a little and don't think it's right to give a 5 if I've added/changed anything. Basic recipe is very good. Used beer instead of water, and sautéed e...

Very good! I had very little brown sugar (probably about 1/4 cup or less) so that is all I used and it was fine. I don't think I would want it much sweeter. I had frozen smoked sausage and wa...

I made this exactly like the recipe said except that I left out the carrots simply because I didn't have any. Also, I cooked it on top of the stove as it was a last minute meal. It was delicio...

Searching for a recipe to use the sausage and sauerkraut that I needed to use up, led me to this slow cooker recipe. Let me tell you, this is one sweet dish - in more ways than one. Delish d...

I loved this! I used brats because that's what I had. I only used 1/4 cup brown sugar and it was plenty sweet for me. I didn't rinse the sauerkraut, only drained, I like the tart flavor. I used ...