Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sausage, Sauerkraut & Apples

We have quite a bit of German heritage on both sides of the family, so we LOVE sauerkraut.  Well, actually, the kids aren't big fans, but the hubs and I think it's the bee's knees.  We like it enough to keep it as a regular staple in our pantry and food storage.
This is one of my Sunday slow-cooker recipes.  It is particularly nice on a cold, dreary day.  I don't have a picture of it because it doesn't actually look all that appetizing.  It's pretty much just brown-ish.  Not very pretty, but very tasty.  I like it with some rye or pumpernickel bread.

Sausage, Sauerkraut & Apples

1 1/2 lbs. smoked or polish sausage
1 16 oz. can sauerkraut
2-3 tart cooking apples, thinly sliced
2 lbs. red potatoes, sliced about 1/4 in thick
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. caraway seeds (optional)
3/4 c. apple juice or cider

1. Drain sauerkraut, place half in bottom of slow cooker.
2.  Cut sausage on the diagonal in 2 in lengths and add to slow cooker.
3.  Continue to layer in remaining ingredients.  Top with remaining sauerkraut.  Do not stir.
4.  Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours or low 6-7 hours.  Stir before serving.

source:  Fix it and Forget it Cookbook

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