Many of us are on the home stretch when it comes to the school year. With the arrival of summer, some might think that the days are less busy and dinnertime is a breeze. While I wish that were the case, hectic schedules easily shift from after-school activities and meetings to summer sports, day camps, and lazy days by the pool when you don’t want to think about what to make for dinner. Simple meals that can be on the table quickly help ensure we get as much fun out of our favorite season as possible. Those 30 minutes Kielbasa and sauerkraut brings a lot of flavor to your weekly menu without much effort so you can get back to your busy life!
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Kielbasa and sauerkraut recipe
This recipe is one of those that you can remember and make over and over again. With just a few ingredients, it’s also easy on the wallet. Kielbasa, sauerkraut, butter, garlic, and brown sugar come together for a quick dinner with a depth of flavor you usually only get after cooking something all day.
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Is kielbasa and sauerkraut German or Polish
Kielbasa is a sausage of Polish origin. It is commonly made from a mixture of pork and beef, or just pork. Seasoned with garlic, marjoram and paprika. Sauerkraut means “sauerkraut” in German and is widespread throughout Eastern Europe. So this dish is a bit of Germany and Poland.
If you can’t tell Kielbasa from other smoked sausages, the easiest thing to do is look for the packaging with the horseshoe-shaped meat. Other sausages come in long cylinders, but kielbasa is almost always in a loop. You can also search for the word “Polish” on the packaging. However, if you can’t find it or it’s a bit pricey, smoked sausage would work well too.
Can I make kielbasa and sauerkraut in the oven?
While this recipe uses a quick-cooking method so you can have dinner on the table in about 30 minutes, you can certainly make the same thing in the oven, casserole-style. I would cut the sausage pieces larger – maybe 2-3 inches long. Grease a casserole dish with cooking spray. Mix sauerkraut with garlic and brown sugar. Place in the bowl, add 1/4 cup water and sprinkle with the butter. Place the sausage pieces on top, cover with foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
Which sides go with kielbasa and sauerkraut
Because this dish is an all-in-one meal, it’s as easy to make as some crusty bread as a side. A really dark pumpernickel or rye would be delicious. Any vegetable would be great too, but my favorites are broccoli, green beans, or lima beans. You can also add some starch with pierogi or mashed potatoes. Below I have a list of suggested side dishes including my German Potato Salad!
- Kielbasa sausage
- Brown sugar
- fresh parsley
- large skillet or dutch oven
- slotted spoon
- measuring spoon
- sharp knife
How to make kielbasa and sauerkraut
1. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Brown the sausage in butter. Lift onto a plate with a slotted spoon and set aside.
2. Melt remaining butter and sauté garlic for 1 minute, stirring constantly to avoid burning. Add the drained sauerkraut and stir well. Add brown sugar and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and cook until liquid has evaporated, 7-10 minutes.
3. Return the sausage to the pan and mix well. Cook for about 10 minutes to allow the sausage to warm through.
4. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh parsley, if desired. I like to serve this family style with a dish of stone-ground mustard to strain at the table.
This easy meal brings a lot of flavor to your dinner rotation. Summer schedules may seem as hectic as during the school year, but we can definitely find ways to ensure we can get back outside as soon as possible!
- Smoked sausage can also be used instead of kielbasa. You will need 3 (9-oz) packets.
- Look for bagged sauerkraut in the fruit or deli aisle. The jar variety works, too — they’re found in the same aisle as canned veggies. I would not recommend using canned herb for this recipe.
- Browning the sausage gives it extra flavor.
- To make this in the slow cooker: add sausage, sauerkraut, garlic, brown sugar and 1/2 cup liquid (from the sauerkraut or water), mix well and cook on low for 4 hours.
- If you’re making this in the Dutch Oven like I did, you can make it ahead of time, remove from heat, cover and keep warm until ready to serve.
- Some dark pumpernickel bread as a side dish would also be delicious.
- Serve this in hoagie-style buns for a great sandwich.
What goes well with kielbasa and sauerkraut
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Kielbasa and sauerkraut
- 2 (14-oz) packaged kielbasa sausage, cut into ½-inch rounds
- 1 (32-oz) bag of sauerkraut, rinsed and drained well
- 2 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 Garlic cloves, chopped
- black pepper
- fresh parsley, optional
- Stone ground mustard, optional
In a large skillet or Dutch oven, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat.
Add sausage and sauté until browned.
Lift onto the plate with a slotted spoon.
Melt the remaining butter in the same pan.
Sauté the garlic for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Add the sauerkraut and brown sugar and mix well.
Reduce heat and cook until liquid has evaporated and flavors have developed, 7-10 minutes.
Season with black pepper.
Return the sausages to the pan and stir.
Cook for about 10 minutes to warm the sausage through.
Place in a serving bowl and garnish with parsley.
Serve with stone-ground mustard, if desired.
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