Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Frugal Kitchen: Sauerkraut and Sausage

Some people love sauerkraut and some people hate it.  There doesn't seem to be much of a middle road when it comes to sauerkraut.  I personally love it, but I have always been fond of sour tastes.  Here is my sauerkraut recipe that seems to appeal to most people.


1 jar mild flavored sauerkraut
1 package of sausage such as kielbasa, cut in bit sized pieces
1 large apple or 2 smaller apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1 or 2 slices bacon
1 onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
1 or 2 Tbsps. of brown sugar
1/2 tsp. dried fennel seeds

My favorite kraut
Fully cook bacon in pan, put aside and keep about 1 Tbsp. of dripping in pan.

 Thinly slice onion and brown in drippings.

 Pour in drained sauerkraut, sausage, apple, and crumbled bacon.  Add 1 Tbsp. brown sugar and fennel.

Reduce heat to a simmer and cover.  Simmer for about two hours.

Universal lids fit many sizes of pans
I forgot to take a photo of the finished dish, but the apples will have broken down and all the flavors melded.  Taste kraut; if it is too sour try adding another tablespoon of brown sugar.  This dish can be easily put together and cooked in a crockpot.

If you can't find the mild new kraut, rinse your kraut with water, then press out all the liquid with your hands.  This should remove some of the sourness.


God bless,


  1. Looks like a good Fall dish. I like sauerkraut.

  2. Haha...I just noticed you're adding bacon to Kosher sauerkraut. Is bacon expensive by you? I add it to recipes, for example I made rouladen and I needed bacon . We seldom eat as is. The cheapest I found was $8.49 for 2# thickcut...it was only .26 / oz. The sale ones were over .36 up to .47 per ounce. We had sauerkraut tonight with natural casing wieners and squash, good quick winter, I mean fall, dinner.

  3. Bacon is very expensive here, but occasionally it will go on sale as a BOGO. I freeze the extra package until I need it.