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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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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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Nutrition Facts

264.3 calories; 8.3 g protein; 23.5 g carbohydrates; 37.5 mg cholesterol; 1302 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2013
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 and her family who were of Eastern European descent.Followed the recipe as written with the exception of the caraway seeds that were not available in my local stores.I also used a skinless smoked sausage that I had on hand cutting it in sandwich size pieces and adding in error at the beginning.Stirred a couple of times during cooking and the aroma filled the kitchen.Following tradition I served it with mashed potatoes and corn.Received rave reviews even from my sister who in the past said she did not like sweetened kraut.It was even better the next day.Adding this to my recipe book.Thank you! Read More
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23 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2013
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 and her family who were of Eastern European descent.Followed the recipe as written with the exception of the caraway seeds that were not available in my local stores.I also used a skinless smoked sausage that I had on hand cutting it in sandwich size pieces and adding in error at the beginning.Stirred a couple of times during cooking and the aroma filled the kitchen.Following tradition I served it with mashed potatoes and corn.Received rave reviews even from my sister who in the past said she did not like sweetened kraut.It was even better the next day.Adding this to my recipe book.Thank you! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2013
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 and her family who were of Eastern European descent.Followed the recipe as written with the exception of the caraway seeds that were not available in my local stores.I also used a skinless smoked sausage that I had on hand cutting it in sandwich size pieces and adding in error at the beginning.Stirred a couple of times during cooking and the aroma filled the kitchen.Following tradition I served it with mashed potatoes and corn.Received rave reviews even from my sister who in the past said she did not like sweetened kraut.It was even better the next day.Adding this to my recipe book.Thank you! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2014
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 and two I didn't rinse the sauerkraut but I did drain. I am the kind of guy that likes sauerkraut and kielbasa or sausage in the slow cooker all alone. Juice and all from the sauerkraut. So when I saw this with the sweetness added and the juice drained I didn't know where it would take me. I was really thinking about even eliminating the caraway but I'm glad I put my faith in the recipe. I liked this perfect as written. Will I always make it this way? Probably not but I will definitely make it again just as written. As much of a fan of the sourness of sauerkraut that I am I didn't find this too sweet at all. The onions kind of got absorbed in and I didn't notice them but I'm sure they added to the experience. The carrots were a nice diversion. 5 stars MellieLynn. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2012
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2013
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 was going to be in and out all day so I went ahead and added it at the beginning. Served with homemade potato salad it was a heavenly meal! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2013
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 everything before putting it all together in crock pot. Also added some ground mustard to fit our taste. We all loved it! Think sautéing before helps meld the flavors even more. THanks for the recipe. It's now in my favorites slot!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2014
This is a great recipe. I substituted beer for the liquid and served it over homemade mashed potatoes! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2013
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 delicious! Next time I will double the kielbasa because we had quite a bit of sauerkraut left over. I will definitely make this again1 Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2017
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 a bottle of dark beer instead of water one reviewer's suggestion. I threw in some fingerling potatoes as well as about a tablespoon of mustard. Excellent with some crusty bread to soak up the delicious broth! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2014
Fantastic!! Don't change a thing Read More
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