Many of us are in the home stretch when it comes to the school year. With the arrival of summer some might think the days become less busy and dinner time is a cinch. While I wish that were the case, the hectic schedules just switch from after school activities and meetings to summer sports, day camps and lazy days spent the pool when you don’t want to think about what to make for dinner. Having simple meals that can be on the table fast helps ensure we can suck as much fun out of our favorite season as possible. This 30-minute Kielbasa and Sauerkraut brings big 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 you can memorize and make again and again. With only a handful of ingredients, it’s pretty easy on the wallet too. Kielbasa, sauerkraut, butter, garlic and brown sugar come together in a fast supper with a depth of flavor you normally only get with something cooked all day.
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Is Kielbasa and Sauerkraut German or Polish
Kielbasa is a sausage of Polish origin. It is commonly made with a mixture of pork and beef, or pork alone. It is seasoned with garlic, marjoram and paprika. Sauerkraut means “sour cabbage” in German, and is widely eaten across Eastern Europe. So this dish is a little bit of both Germany and Poland.
If you have trouble telling kielbasa from other smoked sausages, the easiest thing to look for is the package with the horseshoe-shaped meat. Other sausages come in long cylinders, but kielbasa is almost always in a loop. You can also look for the word “Polish” on the package. However, if you can’t find it, or it’s a bit too pricey, smoked sausage would work well too.
Can I Make Kielbasa and Sauerkraut In The Oven
While this recipe uses a quick-cooking stove top method so you can have dinner on the table in about 30 minutes, you can certainly cook the same thing in the oven, casserole style. I would cut the pieces of sausage larger — maybe 2-3 inches long. Grease a baking dish with cooking spray. Mix the sauerkraut with the garlic and brown sugar. Place inside the dish, add 1/4 cup water and top with the butter. Lay the sausage pieces on top, cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes at 350.
What Sides Go With Kielbasa and Sauerkraut
Since this dish is an “all-in-one” meal, you can go as simple as some crusty bread on the side. A really dark pumpernickel or rye would be delicious. Any veggie would be great as well, but my favorites are broccoli, green beans or Lima beans. You can also add a starch with some pierogi or mashed potatoes. Below I have a list of suggested side dishes, including my German Potato Salad!
- sausage sausage
- brown sugar
- fresh parsley
- large skillet or Dutch oven
- slotted spoon
- measuring spoons
- sharp knife
How To Make Kielbasa and Sauerkraut
1. In a large skillet or Dutch oven melt one tablespoon butter over medium heat. Sauté sausage in butter until brown. Remove with slotted spoon to a plate and set aside.
2. Melt remaining butter and sauté garlic for 1 minute, stirring constantly to avoid burning. Add drained sauerkraut and stir well. Add brown sugar and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and cook 7-10 minutes until liquid has evaporated.
3. Return sausage to pan and mix well. Cook for about 10 minutes to allow 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 for passing at the table.
This simple meal will bring big flavor to your dinner time meal rotation. Summer schedules might seem as hectic as during the school year, but we can definitely find ways to make sure we can get back outside as quickly as possible!
- Smoked sausage can be used instead of kielbasa. You will need 3 (9-oz) packages.
- Look for the bagged sauerkraut in the produce or deli section. The jarred variety will work too — it can be found on the same aisle as canned vegetables. I wouldn’t recommend using canned kraut for this recipe.
- Browning the sausage gives it extra flavor.
- To make this in the slow cooker: add the sausage, sauerkraut, garlic, brown sugar and 1/2 cup liquid (from the sauerkraut or water), mix well and cook on low 4 hours.
- If you make this in the Dutch oven like I did, you can make it ahead, take it off the heat, cover it and keep it warm until ready to serve.
- Some dark pumpernickel bread on the side would be delicious too.
- Serve this in hoagie style buns for a great sandwich.
What Goes With Kielbasa and Sauerkraut
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Kielbasa and Sauerkraut
- 2 (14-oz) kielbasa sausage packages, cut into ½-inch rounds
- 1 (32-oz) bag sauerkraut, rinsed and drained well
- 2 tbsp butter, divided
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- black pepper
- fresh parsley, optional
- stone ground mustard, optional
In a large skillet or Dutch oven, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat.
Add sausage and sauté until browned.
Remove with a slotted spoon to plate.
In the same skillet melt remaining butter.
Sauté garlic for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Add sauerkraut and brown sugar and mix well.
Reduce heat to low and allow to cook for 7-10 minutes until liquid has evaporated and flavors developed.
Season with black pepper.
Add sausage back to pan and stir to combine.
Cook for about 10 minutes to warm sausage through.
Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with parsley.
Serve with stone ground mustard on side, if desired.
Krista Marshall is the creator of Everyday Mom’s Meals and a full time stay at home mom. She lives in northern Indiana with her husband of 19 years and their two amazing and busy sons, age 17 and 5. Everyday Mom’s Meals is for everyone from the novice cook to the experienced home chef. Krista wants to get families around the table with simply made, delicious food. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter too!