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Michelle's Sweetkraut

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"A New Year's family tradition. We eat it on New Year's to help us remember to temper the bitter with the sweet in the coming year! It is also kid-friendly; haven't met a kid yet that don't like it! If your kid hates sauerkraut, try this. Quick and easy to make but does have a longer cooking time to reduce the liquids and bring out the sweetness. You can use it as a meal or a side dish and some family members, believe it or not, get a bowlful for a late night snack!"
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2 h 15 m servings 866
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Empty sauerkraut and turnip greens into a colander and rinse lightly; drain. Spread sauerkraut, turnip greens, and onions in an even layer in a large baking dish and season with salt and black pepper.
  3. Whisk apple juice concentrate, water, and brown sugar in a bowl, dissolving the sugar. Pour juice mixture over vegetables. Arrange pieces of kielbasa sausage into dish atop vegetables.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until most of the liquid has evaporated and the kielbasa is browned, about 2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Get the darker-colored apple juice. I have used grape, cran-apple, cran-grape, cran-blueberry, and pineapple juice in a pinch if outta my favorite apple juice, but apple tastes best!

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 866 calories; 52.7 72.5 26.7 122 3969 Full nutrition

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Although I'm sure this is good as written, there is one step in the recipe I knew I'd have to tweak to get my husband to eat it. He will not eat canned greens of any kind and even when eating fr...

I made it on top of the stove in a pan since I didn't have two hours for it to bake :) It turned out great and was delicious! Excellent flavor.