Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sauerkraut And Smoked Sausage

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Growing up, we would all look forward to dinner. Mom would cook budget meals. Mom knew how to make a meal stretch.

I've always liked sauerkraut and sausage. Mom said, “this was food for the poor”. I remember mom saying one word “ dinner”, and we all run through the door. We was tired from playing hard and hot. But the smell of the food cooking made you hungry. We couldn't wait for dinner.

I know a lot of folks don't like sauerkraut. Some folks don't even like the smell of sauerkraut cooking. I bet a lot of you went running after seeing the name “sauerkraut” in the recipe title. And I bet other folks loving the recipe.

What was your favorite poor folks food growing up?... comments below.

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Sauerkraut And Smoked Sausage
Copyright 2011 Christine's Pantry. All rights reserved.

Ingredients:
1 pound bag sauerkraut
1 (14 oz) smoked sausage, sliced, then slice in halves
1 medium onion, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, or vegetable oil
1/2 cup stock or water

Directions:
In a skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Season sausage with salt and pepper. Add sausage, cook about 8 minutes, turning once. Remove sausage from pan and place on paper towel lined dish. Reduce heat to medium. Add onions to skillet, scraping up brown bits from sausage, cook until tender. Return sausage to skillet, add sauerkraut and stock. Stir well. Simmer about 18 to 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it, you may need to add more stock to keep it moist. Enjoy!


19 comments:

  1. I grew up with a Swiss stepfather and spent my last two years of high school in Germany. Bring on the sauerkraut! My favorite budget meal was polenta :)

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  2. I am a sauerkraut lover! I put tart apples in mine for an extra layer of flavor.

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  3. My favourite poor man dish is Chinese steamed egg custard seasoned with soy sauce and sesame oil. I'd this at my friend's place and her family was poorer than mine. I couldn't forget the lovely taste of her mum's cooking. Best food comes from the simplest form!

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  4. It is very popular type of food here! I like to make it in a reach version with meat, mashrooms, dried plums etc, with red wine. The secret is long and slow cooking:)

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  5. I LOVE this type of dish. I made pork loin, sauerkraut and smoked sausage in the crock pot...along with some others - but I always eat the smoked sausage and leave the pork for everyone else! Nicely done!

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  6. I love sauerkraut with sausages, particularly German sausages, though I do not cook them together. I have recipe for sauerkraut with rhubarb in it which I am hooked on. Have not looked for sauerkraut in France - perhaps I had better get some from the UK thinking about it!! Diane

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  7. My family and I do enjoy sauerkraut very much actually. I don't know if this counts, but I love when my mom uses up the day old Italian bread and makes little pizzas out of them! It's my favorite treat actually!

    Hope you and yours have a marvelous holiday, Christine!
    xx,
    Tammy♥

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  8. I have to admit I'm not a fan. My husband however, is a big enough fan for both of us!! I just may have to try my hand at good sauerkraut. Being German, I really should try to master this!!

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  9. This sounds so tasty! I think one of my favorite "humble" dishes growing up was my dad's "Hobo Stew" - it was basically a stew of ham and beans served with a little with of cornbread. Sooooo good =)

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  10. I'm a HUGE fan of sauerkraut! I want to make this with veggie sausage!

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  11. For me, I cannot imagine pork chops without sauerkraut. Gotta have it. Also, when I make stufed cabbage, I always layer the cabbage rolls with sauerkraut. I love the smell of it, even if it's strong...no worst than the smell of broccoli, or cauliflower!
    Great dish for the 4th celbration, Christine!
    Happy 4th of July!
    xo

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  12. Hey y'all, thank you very much. I hope y'all having a good 4th of July.

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  13. Christine, Looks good to me! How can you miss...sauerkraut and nice smoked sausage. A little stone ground mustard on the side and I'm good to go... Take Care...Happy Fourth! Big Daddy Dave

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  14. It seems that poor that is 'supposed' to be for the 'poor' is terrific - comforting and hearty. This sounds really good.

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  15. Mmm-m! One of my favorite dishes! You could try improve it, that is you can put it into oven with a glass of red (dry or semi-dry) wine, some smoked bacon (optional), some dill and thyme (better fresh) and a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste...yummy!

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  16. I've never been a fan of the smell of sauerkraut but things cooked in sauerkraut have a surprising way of turning out very, very good.

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  17. I grew up eating something similar to this. Sauerkraut is still one of my favorite foods.

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  18. the only meat i eat is chicken...lol. i didn't even know of sauerkraut until right not when i read your post. it sounds interesting. i really like the sound of your seasoning.

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  19. never eaten sauerkraut before, just curious how the taste like.

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