Kapusta is a great side dish at any meal and even makes a great main dish for vegetarians. This recipe was passed down by my Polish grandmother. I grew up with it at every holiday meal and just love it. Sauerkraut takes on a whole new flavor when baked and is really delicious! Try it and see for yourself!

Holly
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Heat 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat; saute onions and mushrooms until tender.

  • In a medium saucepan over high heat, boil cabbage for 10 minutes.

  • In a 9 x 13 inch baking dish combine onions, mushrooms, cabbage, sauerkraut, sugar, thyme, salt and pepper; mix well. Dot remaining 2 tablespoons butter on top. Cover.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

151 calories; 2.6 g protein; 11 g carbohydrates; 30.5 mg cholesterol; 760.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2010
I am Polish - and I'm not just saying it - I immigrated to the US six years ago from Poland. This dish is actually called "bigos", not kapusta. You make it with mushrooms for Christmas Eve dinner - no meat for the Polaks that day. On all other occasions, we add kielbasa, bacon, or some pork meat instead. You can add some tomato paste to amp up the flavor. Bay leaf will also aid with the flavoring. You can make it just with the fresh cabbage or just with the sauerkraut - depending on what you like. Also - I've never heard of adding sugar to it - cut it - you won't miss it. One last thing - we make it in a pot on the stove. Originally, it's not a baked dish, rather, it's cooked. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/11/2004
I am a "good German girl," and love kraut (and everything in this dish) but this just didn't do it for me. It wasn't attractive to look at; the mushrooms cast grey color throughout the dish, and I had to add a little sausage to give it the gusto I felt it needed. Maybe if I had a Polish grandmother, the emotional element would give this dish the boost I feel it so badly needs. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2010
I am Polish - and I'm not just saying it - I immigrated to the US six years ago from Poland. This dish is actually called "bigos", not kapusta. You make it with mushrooms for Christmas Eve dinner - no meat for the Polaks that day. On all other occasions, we add kielbasa, bacon, or some pork meat instead. You can add some tomato paste to amp up the flavor. Bay leaf will also aid with the flavoring. You can make it just with the fresh cabbage or just with the sauerkraut - depending on what you like. Also - I've never heard of adding sugar to it - cut it - you won't miss it. One last thing - we make it in a pot on the stove. Originally, it's not a baked dish, rather, it's cooked. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2003
a very different unique taste. added sliced polska kielbasa to the mix and then baked. gave it a very good smoky taste. will definitly make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2007
this is similar to what my grandmother makes without the mushrooms and bacon fat instead of butter. to save time use 1 whole head of cabbage 2 large onions and 1 jar sauerkraut and freeze left overs so you have some on hand! i put in a roaster and top with knackwurst cover and bake 1 hour easy meal everyone loves! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2003
My husband's grandmoter is Polish and this tastes very similar to a dish she served years ago. This is scrumptious- my teenage daughter ate 3 servings! This recipe is not hard- a little time consuming perhaps. To make Sunday dinner easy I served this with a ready to serve spiral ham buttered noodles sprinkled with cracker crumbs and poppy seeds and a chunky applesauce (storebought). Rye or pumpernickel bread would go well with this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2012
This recipe is great as written. I do however change it up a bit to make it a little heartier. I place 2 pounds of country-style pork ribs on top of the mixture cover the ribs with 8 oz. of beer cover and cook it in a slow cooker for 8 to 10 hours. When the meat is very tender I remove it from the crock cool slightly and shred it. I then add the shredded meat back into the cabbage mixture and continue to cook on low for about 20-30 min. until heated through. I usually serve this with either egg noodles or kluski (potato dumplings with onions and salt port) and rye bread. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2003
This is one of the better unique side dishes that I have tried in a long time. It is so easy to put together and so tasty. We especially enjoy it with kielbasa baked at the same time the dish is baking. Thanks for sharing this one Holly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2006
Wow! This is a fairly easy recipe to make and it tastes great. It might not be the most attractive dish but the smells wafting from your kitchen as you prepare it make up for that completely. I wanted a more rounded meal so I added about 1/2 a pound of browned sausage to the other ingredients. It made a great lunch. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/10/2004
I am a "good German girl," and love kraut (and everything in this dish) but this just didn't do it for me. It wasn't attractive to look at; the mushrooms cast grey color throughout the dish, and I had to add a little sausage to give it the gusto I felt it needed. Maybe if I had a Polish grandmother, the emotional element would give this dish the boost I feel it so badly needs. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2003
I am Polish and grew up eating this dish at the holidays with my family. I was always afraid to try making Poish dishes but I gave this a try and it is great I will definately make it again. Thanks Holly---anymore Polish recipes would be grateful!(It still doesn't get my kids to eat cabbage tho!!) Read More
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