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Bavarian Sauerkraut

Rated as 4.61 out of 5 Stars

"This recipe has to be the best tasting sauerkraut I've ever had. Traditionally, my family serves pork and sauerkraut every New Year's Day for luck in the coming year. I love cabbage as a general rule and like most sauerkraut recipes, but they can be quite sour depending on how it is prepared. Sadly I don't remember who gave me this recipe and who deserves the credit, since it was pulled from a collection of hand-written recipes I've kept for years. I made it as a side dish for New Year's Day dinner and it was a complete hit! This is certainly not your typical 'sour' sauerkraut recipe."
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50 m servings 68 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Heat bacon drippings in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Place sauerkraut with juice into a large bowl and cover with water. Stir and use your hands to squeeze out as much of the water and juice as possible. Add squeezed sauerkraut to onion.
  3. Stir brown sugar, caraway seeds, chicken stock, and cooking sherry into the sauerkraut mixture. Reduce heat to low and simmer until almost all the liquid has evaporated, 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 68 calories; 2 g fat; 10.9 g carbohydrates; 1.5 g protein; 2 mg cholesterol; 851 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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I cooked this today for my husband. It was great, my son and his girlfriend showed up just as we finished. The both dug in the crockpot and love, love, loved it!!! Great recipie - I will cook ...

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Made it to directions - even used quality Sherry rather than cooking Sherry. Had no idea that husband hates caraway seed (which I thought was best part). I liked that it didn't use a lot of butt...

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I cooked this today for my husband. It was great, my son and his girlfriend showed up just as we finished. The both dug in the crockpot and love, love, loved it!!! Great recipie - I will cook ...

I don't care for how most sauerkraut dishes, but this is how I remember enjoying sauerkraut in Germany. It is delicious! My only suggestion is to always rinse sauerkraut using warm water and d...

This turned out very good.

Don't expect typical stinky American sauerkraut with this recipe. This is sweet and doesn't even taste like cabbage. This is how sauerkraut is made in Germany and the recipe is very easy and g...

I add a little bit of applesauce, sliced apples, and apple juice instead of the sherry. This variation was taught to me by my mother-in-law, whose own mother made it like that when she was grow...

This was excellent. Most other ones call for tons of fatty pork but I swear this makes kraut which is just as good. I appreciated the other reviews. Am on vacation and didn't have enough sherr...

This was very good. The caraway seed flavor was a little much for me but my husband and kids loved it. I would probably reduce the caraway seed to half or 3/4 next time. But that's strictly a pr...

I made this dish and we all loved it! I made one change I started off with Johnsonville Bratwurst sausage, I wiped my skillet down with Olive Oil added the sausage and let them simmer while cove...

I cooked the bacon to have the drippings. I used twice the amount of drippings the recipe listed. I did not cook the bacon until crispy. I added the soft bacon to the pot. Also, I decreased the ...