Polish Kraut and Apples Recipe
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Polish Kraut and Apples Recipe

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My family loves this hearty, heartwarming meal on cold winter nights. The tender apples, brown sugar and smoked sausage gave this dish fantastic flavor. I like making it because the prep time is very short. #151;Caren Markee, Crystal Lake, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 1 pound smoked Polish sausage or kielbasa, cut up
  • 3 medium tart apples, peeled and cut into eighths
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup apple juice

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 546 calories, 31g fat (12g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 1630mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 4g fiber), 15g protein


  1. Place half of the sauerkraut in an ungreased 3-qt. slow cooker. Top with sausage, apples, brown sugar, caraway seeds if desired and pepper. Top with remaining sauerkraut. Pour apple juice over all.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until apples are tender. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Polish Kraut and Apples in Quick Cooking January/February 2000, p29

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Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"Love this! Have made it twice and it is excellent. I cook it on the stovetop for about 30 minutes and serve it with boiled potatoes. Would also be good with pierogis."

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

"Too sweet. Did not taste like sauerkraut. Will leave out brown sugar next time."

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"Awesomeness in a crockpot!"

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2013


Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

"I made this with turkey bratwurst instead of Polish sausage, and Cranberry juice instead of apple juice. It came out wonderfully amazing."

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