Crockpot Keilbasa and Kraut for Oktoberfest!

Joelen is hosting another great event. If you haven’t seen her blog, you’re really missing out. Go check it out (after you finish reading this post otherwise you might not come back!) She hosts tons of events at her place in Chicago and lets bloggers participate virtually through the internet. For the Oktoberfest event, German food and drink are being highlighted. Sounds like my kind of evening!

Hubby made this for the first time a few months ago for our German themed dinner party (same party I made these Plum Rolls for). My mom used to eat sauerkraut when I was younger. I had never tried it because of the smell.

This recipe is amazing. The caramelized onions and apple cider really soak into the kraut and sweeten it up. And, by using the crockpot to cook the meat, it becomes very tender. We’ve made this quite a few times in the past couple of months and I’m very glad I decided to try sauerkraut! The kraut is pretty salty so be sure you have a large glass of water (or your favorite Oktoberfest brew) handy.

Crockpot Keilbasa and Kraut – from RecipeZaar – serves 8 - we usually cut the recipe in half
1 medium onion
2 lbs kielbasa (2 kielbasa)
2 (32 ounce) packages sauerkraut
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
1 cup apple cider

Slice 1 onion into thin strips and caramelize.

Drain and rinse sauerkraut.

Slice kielbasa into 1-inch lengths.

Combine water, cider and brown sugar.

Combine all ingredients well in crock pot.

Cook on high 6 hours - we cooked on low for about 9 hours and it was done

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3 Responses to “Crockpot Keilbasa and Kraut for Oktoberfest!”

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    catherine — October 20, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    i love the combination of textures and flavors in this, and the way the keilbasa kind of pops when you bite into it. yum!

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    wyndesnow — October 22, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    This was really good. I made it last night and I called my mom and told her to write down the recipe and to try it. The sausage just melted in my mouth and the kraut did not have the normal kraut taste. This will be a keeper.

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    Jen — October 22, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Glad you liked it! I agree the sugar makes it not have the normal kraut taste. Very good.

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