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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Crock Pot Kielbasa


Yes, it's here — my first (but not the last) crock pot recipe for 2015 and it's a new one (at least for us). Usually our crock pot has ingredients that include chicken or beef cooking for dinner. We needed to try something new. A friend recommended this recipe for slow cooker kielbasa and sauerkraut — a welcome change.

First, (sorry couldn't resist) this is one of the easiest recipes I've done in the crock pot from prep time to finish. Who doesn't like easy meals any time of year. This low-cost meal was ready in under 6 hours and there were leftovers (another plus). 

Rinsing the sauerkraut and adding brown sugar and caraway seeds gave this meal more of a "sweet" vs. "sour" kraut taste. For variations, add bite-size pieces of peeled and diced Yukon potatoes and/or cut up pieces of peeled apple.

Prep time: 15-20 minutes. Cooking time: 4-6 hours

Crock Pot Kielbasa & Sauerkraut

2 lbs sauerkraut (refrigerated in a bag)
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp caraway seeds
1 links Kielbasa or Polish sausage
1/2 C apple juice or apple cider
  1. Pour sauerkraut into a colander and rinse well with water. Allow to drain and press down with a large spoon to remove excess water.
  2. Place rinsed and drained sauerkraut into slow cooker. Add brown sugar, salt and caraway seeds and mix well.
  3. Place kielbasa on top and pour juice or cider on top.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. If adding potatoes, cooking time may be longer. Check that potatoes are done after 6 hours and raise temp to High for last hour if not.
Serve with your choice of mustard and some rye bread and a beverage of your choice: glass of beer or apple cider.



17 comments:

Sandra said...

this looks fantastic, i can almost taste that kraut..

Out on the prairie said...

Yum, I love kraut. I used to make my own.

gigihawaii said...

Looks delicious!

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

THIS little Hungarian girl been eatin' stuff like this from Wayback! Yum, yum!

Lois Evensen said...

This is a regular crock pot dish here. We throw all kinds of things into our pot, the easier, the better. Yum!

Emma Springfield said...

I often heat up the kielbasa and sauerkraut as a quick meal. One of my favorites.

A Quiet Corner said...

Going on the list...kraut and rye bread! We both think this sounds great...hugs to you both!...:)JP

L. D. said...

That sounds like a very good recipe. It looks good in the bowl.

Anvilcloud said...

Looks good, but since I seem to be the only one who appreciates sausages ...

William Kendall said...

My mother would occasionally make that in pretty much the same way. It is delicious!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Yum!. This sounds so good. I love kielbasa and sauerkraut together. Haven't made it in a crockpot, so I'll give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!

Gail Dixon said...

It looks so yummy! Thanks so much for sharing.

diane b said...

My Swiss husband would clove this. I'll send him the link as he is the cook in this house. However, we might have to wait until the hot summer weather has gone.

Montanagirl said...

I like both Kielbasa and Sauerkraut, so this looks pretty good to me!!

Daisy said...

Looks great!

Elaine said...

Looks really good to me! Too bad Marty isn't a kraut fan.....

DeniseinVA said...

Gregg loves sauerkraut, me not so much but if I washed the cabbage maybe the vinegary taste would not be so noticeable? I do like the sound of this dish being ever so easy.

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