Saturday, September 29, 2012

Slow-Cooker Kielbasa w/ Sauerkraut & Potatoes

Growing up, I LOVED kielbasa (Polish sausage), especially with cabbage. The combination of kielbasa and cabbage works so incredibly well together, and you pretty much HAVE to have potatoes as a side dish. In fact, I've posted about this great combination before

This version is made in a slow-cooker and couldn't be an easier recipe. Simply combine everything in your slow cooker, turn it on, and, after a few hours, enjoy a super-hearty comfort food meal. Perfect for fall! 


Also, I've added a new feature to the site - Recipe Tabs! Just click on a tab, and it will open a new page, where all of my recipes for that category are listed. For the "ALL RECIPES" tab, I didn't include any pictures, but for the other tabs, I did! Hopefully, this will make recipes a little easier to find, since the Search function is "meh" at best. 


Slow-Cooker Kielbasa w/ Sauerkraut & Potatoes

Ingredients:
2 14oz cans or 1 2lb bag of sauerkraut (or 1 quart of HOMEMADE sauerkraut), undrained
5-6 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled & cut into large chunks
1 tsp caraway seeds
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 lb Polska Kielbasa, cut into chunks

Place the sauerkraut and potatoes in the bottom of a slow cooker. Add the spices and 1 cup of water (beer works well, too!). Top withe the kielbasa pieces. 







Cook for 6 hours on LOW (or 4 hours on HIGH) or until the potatoes are tender but not mushy. Serve with mustard if desired. 



12 comments:

  1. Hi Julia,

    I just found your blog through Pinterest and I LOVE it! Seriously, you've no idea how excited I am and I've been scrolling through your recipes for days now.

    I'm actually in Montgomery and thus can really relate to the things you're saying in your posts. The hubbie and I are huge foodies and are currently really trying to eat more fresh and healthy, but also are interested in freezing, canning and buying local.

    I'm thrilled that you have things like seasoning cast iron, making butter, and canning on the site as well as an amazing variety of recipes.

    Being of German background, I was wondering if you've ever had German Potato Salad with beer boiled brats? I've read of your love for the 'tater salads and saw a mention, but no recipe.

    Again, awesome blog and I'm browsing like an early 80's Sting stalker song.

    Beth

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    1. Thanks for all of your kind words, Beth! I'm so glad you're enjoying the blog, ESPECIALLY as a fellow Alabamian.

      You know, I've HAD German potato salad and beer brats before, but I've never actually prepared the potato salad myself. And, sadly, I actually HAVE a recipe for it! I may have to add it to my tater salad repertoire here soon!

      PS: Love the 80s Sting stalker bit :)

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  2. What "flavor" beer would you suggest as beverage of choice with this?

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    1. Probably a good lager; I don't drink many ales or IPAs, so I can't recommend those. I actually had a Sam Adams Oktoberfest with this meal!

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    2. My aunt has made this a lot of times especially at family gatherings and there is never any left! She adds onions, a bottle of Miller beer and a little brown sugar to it to smooth out the bitter cabbage taste and give it a wonderful flavor...Sooo Good! :)

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  3. I always make a variation of this on the stovetop with mashed potatoes. I think this will come out much better since the potatoes will get the flavor of everything! Thanks!

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  4. Wow, love your site! You have the BEST recipes.

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  5. This recipe sounds great. Do you think it would be ok to use red potatoes instead of the Yukon Golds?

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    1. Absolutely! I often switch between red potatoes and Yukon Golds for most of my recipes - I leave the big Russets solely for baking!

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