Lola’s Kitchen: Sauerkraut Casserole Recipe

June 19, 2015 Lola's Kitchen 10

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This is a recipe I made up myself. The idea came to me when I was doign grocery shopping and the sauerkraut was discounted, so I bought it and decided to make something with it. Sauerkraut itself is too sour for me and I remembered a dish my sister used to make with pineapple and sausages and crumble on top. I wanted to use mashed potatoes on top instead, so I gave it a try and it was really good, so I decided to share it here. Basically it’s a layer with sauerkraut and pineapple pieces then sausages on top and above that mashed potatoes. It’s really yummy and requires only a few ingredients.
Sauerkraut Casserole

Ingredients

Sauerkraut Casserole ingredients

  • Sauerkraut – 450 gram / 3 cup
  • Potatoes – 6
  • Sausages – 375 gram
  • Canned Pineapple – around 6 slices
  • Milk – 37 ml/ 3/4 cup
  • Butter – 40 gram
  • Salt (optional)
  • Pepper (optional)

I always make two versions one vegetarian one and one meaty one. I used the ingredients for the meat version only, which feeds about 3 people. For the vegetarian one I always use vegetarian sausages. Here in the Netherlands smoked sausage is a type of sausage often eaten with sauerkraut, so that’s why I used it for this recipe. I am not sure how well known this type of sausage is outside the Netherlands, but any other type of sausage would work as well.

Method

  1. First peel the potatoes and slice and dice them. Then cook them for 20 minutes.
  2. In the meantime get started on slicing and dicing the sausages in thin slices.
  3. After that get the pineapples from the can and slice and dice them in small pieces.
  4. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them, then add the milk, butter, salt and pepper and mash them.
  5. Now it’s time to assemble the dish. Grease an oven proof bowl. Then get the sauerkraut out and drain it. Don’t wash it, but do make sure most of the fluid is gone. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Put the sauerkraut in the oven proof bowl and put the pineapples on top. Toss around a bit until mixed.
  7. Then put the slices of sausages on top, neatly so they cover all the sauerkraut in one layer.
  8. After that put the mashed potatoes on top and use a spoon to flatten the surface.
  9. Put in the oven for about 15 minutes. Then remove the dish from the open and eat!

Pictures

Cook the potatoes

Potatoes

Smoked sausage

Sausage

Sliced smoked sausage

Sliced Sausage

Pineapple pieces

Pineapple

Drain the sauerkraut

Drain the sauerkraut

Put the sauerkraut in a lightly greased oven proof bowl

Sauerkraut

Add the pineapple pieces and mix

Sauerkraut with pineapple

Add the sausage (you can see the vegetarian version in the background with the vega sausage)

Layer he sausage on top

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes

Mashed Potatoes on top

Sauerkraut casserole before oven

And here’s what it looks like after being in the oven

Sauerkraut casserole after oven

Variation Tips

  • Use different fruit. If you don’t like pineapple you can also use apples or maybe peaches instead.
  • Cheesy topping. If you like cheese you can add some cheese on top.
  • Hot Lightning Sauerkraut Casserole. If you want to go the apple way, you can also make hot lightning instead of normal mashed potatoes and use that for the top layer.

Do you like sauerkraut and how do you like to eat it?

10 Responses to “Lola’s Kitchen: Sauerkraut Casserole Recipe”

  1. Red Iza

    Aaaaaah, I see what it is, now : choucroute ! It’s my boyfriend who cooks it, but we usually eat it with vegan sausages, potatoes and a few juniper berries. I think he adds beer to the mix 🙂

    • Lola

      Oh that sounds yummy too! I think sausages work pretty well with sauerkraut. I find sauerkraut tastes a bit too strong, so it has to combined with other flavours for variety or flavours.

    • Lola

      Here in the Netherlands it’s pretty common to eat kraut mashed through potatoes and with smoked sausages. Or without the potatoes. I personaly like it with more ingredients as else the sour taste is too overpowering for me, so that’s why I came up with this recipe.
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  2. Lanie

    I dont eat sauerkraut>.< the smell drives me nuts! But my family loves it, so I'll have to give em this recipe:D It sounds like itd be something everyone would enjoy. Thanks Lola:D
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    • Lola

      I totally agree the smell is horrible. I once had a package of sauerkraut that wasn’t good anymore, which usually you would be able to smell, but it still smelled the same as the sour smell is so strong, so we just threw it out as we weren’t sure if it was good or not.
      I hope your family likes this recipe!

      • Lanie

        Lol eeew! If someone puts kraut in my fridge it must be ziplocked up tight otherwise I wont cook for anyone. I’m sure they’ll love it, my bro is a weirdo and will just heat it up in the microwave so he’ll definitely love this. 🙂
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        • Lola

          I know some people just eat sauerkraut on bread, but the taste is too strong for me to do that. I only eat it when combined with lots of other ingredients.

    • Lola

      It can be hard coming up with recipes of your own, this one was losely based on a layered sauerkraut casserole my sister made, but with mashed potatoes instead of the crumble she used and with the sausages as a layer as well.

      I am the same with how I usually forget how exactly I made it and then can’t replicate it or I made tweaks to a recipe and forget to write the tweaks down and then next time I make it I can’t remember them. I think it’s because this recipe was so simple I actually remembered it and only wrote it down until I made this post.

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