Michelle's Sweetkraut


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!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
8 servings


  • 3 (32 ounce) packages sauerkraut, drained

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans turnip greens, drained

  • 2 onions, quartered

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can water

  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar, or more to taste

  • 3 pounds kielbasa sausage, cut into 3-inch pieces


  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
53g Fat
73g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 866
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 53g 68%
Saturated Fat 25g 123%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 3969mg 173%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 26%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 57g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 115mg 575%
Calcium 274mg 21%
Iron 7mg 41%
Potassium 1071mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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