Recipe by Michele O'Sullivan
"Great flavor and easy to make. Serve with hard rolls, and you have a complete meal."
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kielbasa sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 1/2 pounds
sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced into rings
onion, sliced into rings
red potatoes, quartered
1 1/2 cups
shredded Swiss cheese
Fantastic! Perfect for a cold autumn day! I made a few adjustments to simplify and suit my taste: Leave out the caraway seeds. (personal taste) Don't rinse the kraut. Keep all that great flavor! No need to spend time peeling the apples...the skins cook down and get nice and soft, blending in with the kraut. I decreased the potatoes, cut them into small chunks, and put them on the bottom. Also, I cooked the stew on LOW for about 7 hours and it was great. (Stir halfway through to insure even cooking.) We put swiss cheese on the first serving, but left it off after that. This dish can stand on its own! (and I put cheese on EVERYTHING!) Delicious!!!
It's better the second day when the flavors have a chance to blend more. But it's not as good as just sauerkraut and kielbasa served up with rye bread.
I thought that my husband had finally lost his mind after he mentioned that his Gram mixed kielbasa, sauerkraut, apples, and onion all together & that he actually liked it....so I looked for a recipe and here I am. This ROCKS! The only thing I did differently was to add babyback ribs to the concoction (it's how Gram did it). My husband is a HAPPY man & the kids and I loved it as well! Thanks Michele :)
Added an extra layer of flavor by 1st gently sauteing onion & sauerkraut in a fry pan w/ a little margarine/butter for about 6 min, till both were a bit carmelized (my mom always "prepared" sauerkraut this way, even for hot dogs). Then add sauerkraut/onion mixture to the crock pot w/the remaining ingredients. Don't overcook, 1-2 hrs. are just fine for this dish, you don't need 4 hrs.
My husband and I absolutely loved this dish!! We did not rinse the saurkraut because we really like the tartness and we added a little black pepper. I think next time I may add a cup of dark beer like Guiness in place of one of the cups of stock--I think this would be really good. Thanks for a great recipe!
Good concept poor execution on my part. Loved the sausage could have added about 50% more. Used 2 lbs unpeeled baby red potatoes and layered on bottom as suggested...this worked great. Apple rings were a little hard to slice, would just cut chunks next time and probably add more apples too, wouldn't bother peeling next time. The apple flavor got lost with all the kraut and onion. I would add some apple cider to the broth next time or cut it maybe 50/50. This is a delicate recipe and is easy to over cook, which I did, so the apples dissappeared into mush. Would recommend adding the apples closer to the end next time to keep them crisp. Forgot to put the cheese on top -- I thought something was missing! I used Bavarian style kraut and it was certainly less pungent especially after rinsing... enough so that my picky kids ate a bowlful. Will try this one again making a few alterations. For me time listed is a definitely the maximum, this is more of a 1/2 day recipe than an all day recipe. Doesn't get better with extra cooking time. With more apple flavor and crisper veggies/fruit this could be 5 star.
I never would have thought of combining all these foods, but yum! I will do a few things differently next time, though: I'll put the potatoes closer to the bottom so they all get done at the same time. Also, I'll put the meat closer to the top so it doesn't get quite as done. And I may use a little less liquid. NOTE: For those who are worried about a too-strong sauerkraut taste, use Frank's Bavarian kraut. It's milder and a bit sweeter than regular kraut.
This is really good! The kraut flavor is not too strong - just right. i also changed the order in which I layered the ingrediants in the slow cooker, putting the potatos on the bottom, 1/2 of the sausage next, then kraut, then the rest of the sausage, aplles, and then the onions. I also only used half of the potato called for. Great!!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Slow Cooker Kielbasa Stew
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 492
** Calories from Fat: 298
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