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How To Make Sauerkraut

Surely you can just eat Sauerkraut out of a jar or simply warmed out without any extras, but how exciting is that? Try this recipe that combines sauerkraut with bacon, onion, garlic and spices and fall in love with a new way of how to eat sauerkraut.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: German
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Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 153kcal



  • Cut up bacon into pieces (it's best to use thick cut bacon or Trader Joe's sells bacon end pieces that are great!). Peel the onion and garlic and finely mince. Core the apple and cut into small chunks.
  • Heat a large pot or a deep skillet over medium high heat and allow the butter to melt. Add the bacon, garlic and onion and apple and sauté until the bacon is starting to get crispy.
  • Add the broth, caraway seeds (if using), juniper berries and bay leaf and season with salt and pepper.
  • Rinse the sauerkraut in a strainer, gently press out some of the juices and add to the pot/skillet.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally, making sure not to burn your kraut. Serve with brats or one of my favorite ways to eat sauerkraut: with my Oma's pea and potato puree and beef Wieners OR a beef roast and bread dumplings!


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 1194mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg