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Sauerkraut Stew with Sausages – Traditional German Dish

The Sauerkraut stew with sausages is a wonderful dish for any season. You must try this stew, or Eintopf” in German, if you like Sauerkraut. The best is to get the canned German Sauerkraut from Hengstenberg or Kuehne if possible. This dish tastes the best with german sausages, the so called German “Roastbratwuerstchen” or “Thuringer Smoked Bratwurst”. It is a special sausage that comes from the region “Thueringen or Thuringia”. Check out for these sausages.


The Thuringian sausage has been produced for hundreds of years. The oldest known reference to a Thuringian sausage is located in the Thuringian State Archive in Rudolfstadt in a transcript of a bill from an Arnstadt convent from 1404. The oldest known recipe dates from 1613 and is kept in the State Archive in Weimar, another is listed in the “Thüringisch-Erfurtische Kochbuch” from 1797 which also mentions a smoked variety. Lots of history for sausages but that how it is in Germany. Traditions are kept and the heritage is protected. Happy Cooking!

Ingredients Sauerkraut Stew with Sausages

500 g potatoes 2 smaller onions 40 g clarified butter 1 can/jar Sauerkraut, 1.5 lbs – 600g 3/4 l broth or water (instant or Make the Vegetable Broth from scratch ) 1 bay leave 8 Thuringia Sausages or Bratwurst or Knackwurst 100 ml heavy cream 1 tbsp mustard salt, pepper, caraway seeds to taste 1 dash sugar 3 tbsp chopped chives

Cooking Instructions Sauerkraut Stew with Sausages

– Peel potatoes and onions, cut potatoes into cubes, onions fine.

– Heat clarified butter; saute potatoes and onions for about 10 minutes.

– Remove the Sauerkraut out of the jar, loose it up with a fork.

– Place Sauerkraut in a pan together with the broth.

– Let cook on low-medium heat for about 10-15 minutes.

– Fry the Sausages in an extra pan in hot butter; remove from pan and cut into slanted slices.

– Place them back into the pan and fry a bit longer.

– Mix the cream with mustard; add to the stew.

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