Sausages and Sauerkraut

February 23, 2012

sausage and kraut

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for sausages and sauerkraut, without losing the health benefits of raw kraut. I’ve made this a couple of times now and we really like it. I used my homemade sauerkraut, which is really easy to make. Being new to sauerkraut, I thought it would be good to cook something with it. Then it dawned on me that it would kill the probiotic properties. That’s when I came up with this recipe. It’s nice for those times when you want to fix something that doesn’t take much time and uses few ingredients.

Sausages and Sauerkraut
serves 5

10 sausage links/frankfurters (I used chicken sausage)
1 leek, white and a little part of the green or 1 onion
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 Tbs butter
2 cups sauerkraut

Dice leek.

dicing leek

Melt 2 Tbs of the butter in large frying pan over medium low heat.

melt butter

Add diced leek and cook over medium low heat until softened.

saute leek

Remove leek to a small bowl and add remaining 1 Tbs butter to pan and increase heat to medium. Add sausages and cook till browned on all sides. This is the kind of sausage I used:

chicken sausage

browning sausages

Once sausages are browned completely, add cooked leeks and the chicken broth.

add leeks and broth

I used homemade chicken broth.

chicken broth

Continue cooking over medium heat until broth is reduced to a thick sauce. Turn heat off. At this point, I decided to chop the sausages into 3-4 pieces per sausage. You can leave them whole or chop them before browning.

chopped sausages

Cover sausages with sauerkraut.

add sauerkraut

Cover with lid and let sit for 5 minutes or until sauerkraut is warmed through. I usually leave my pan on the still-warm (but off) burner for this.

Cover and let sit

Remove lid, thoroughly mix and serve.

mix sausage and kraut

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Thanksgiving Soup

November 26, 2011

Bowl of soup

Thanksgiving is past and everyone is ready to move on from turkey leftovers. But the weather outside is frightful, today’s the official “putting up the Christmas tree day” at our house, and the convenience of throwing everything into a pot and calling it soup is too good to pass up. Honestly, I don’t often brag on anything I’ve cooked. In fact, in our household there’s a running joke about how, when anyone says how “delicious,” “wonderful,” or even “NOM-a-licious” something is, I always ask, “Is it good?” (in a voice that really wonders if it is any good). But this soup is REALLY good. Really. And while I was throwing stuff into the pot as I thought of it (or found it in the fridge), I did actually stop and do a search for “pumpkin in turkey soup.” That seemed a little OUT THERE but, as usual, Solomon was right; absolutely nothing new under the sun. Wondering about pumpkin in turkey soup? Read on! Just keep in mind that I was using what I had on hand, so feel free to get creative. (You can substitute with dry spices, sea salt, black pepper, etc)

fresh veggies

Thanksgiving Soup
serves 8-10

3 stalks celery, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1/2 medium purple onion, diced
1 large or 2 small cloves garlic, diced and smashed
2 Tbs turkey fat
3 cups turkey stock
3 cups filtered water
3 small sprigs of thyme, chopped
1 small sprig of rosemary, chopped
1 bay leaf
pinch of pink Himalayan salt
pinch of Chinese 5 Spice
1/4 cup sourdough noodles, broken up (homemade)
1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 cup mashed pumpkin
3 cups turkey, largely diced
1 cup turkey in gravy (from leftover hot turkey sandwiches)

Melt turkey fat (or butter, ghee, olive oil, or coconut oil) in a stock pot.

turkey fat
(I saved this from the rotisserie dripping pan, which separated from the drippings when I refrigerated it)

Add carrot, celery, and onion and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Celery, carrot, onion.

Add garlic, rosemary, and thyme and cook 2 minutes longer, stirring frequently.

garlic and herbs

Add stock, water, bay leaf, 5 spice seasoning, and pink salt, if using. (I’m using it because I have it and don’t know what to use it for 😀 ).

bay leaf and pink salt

Add sourdough noodles (I had these in the freezer), or rice or whatever you like.

sourdough noodles

Bring almost to boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.

Soup simmering

Add mashed sweet potato and pumpkin puree and mix well.


Add diced turkey and turkey/gravy mix and cook till heated through.

diced turkey

turkey and gravy

Remove bay leaf and serve to your family. They will love you for it!

It's soup!

Freeze leftovers for a day when you need a meal in a hurry. By then, they will have forgotten they were tired of turkey.

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