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Polish Kraut and Apples Recipe

Polish Kraut and Apples Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Polish Kraut and Apples

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Ruffshse User ID: 4225266 255426
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2016

"Have made this many times.Its easy and delish."

JeMAnov18 User ID: 7096094 221892
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."

lsell1999 User ID: 1350199 221403
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

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

Moonbeam81 User ID: 6987090 219798
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"Awesomeness in a crockpot!"

swinny User ID: 1858482 26394
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2013


kimteaches User ID: 1108185 27344
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."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 66339
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

"This is FABULOUS. I used Turkey Polish sausage to make it a bit healthier."

tchr90 User ID: 2795278 75667
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"I've made this many times as is the custom to eat sauerkraut on New Year's Day in my family! I'm not big on kraut but like this recipe."

dhart0 User ID: 4510601 76013
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"Simple and surprisingly delicious. I was trying different recipes after picking 33 lbs of apples. I can't wait to make this one again!"

Corrydon User ID: 5737167 90612
Reviewed May. 15, 2011

"Did this on the slow cook setting in my oven - I have an electrolux gas stove now and it is perfectly wonderful. This was excellent just as it is written!"

Corrydon User ID: 5737167 26393
Reviewed May. 10, 2011

"will make again and again and again. We rate recipes we like with up to five stars. This one got 10! So you can see we really, really enjoyed it. Fantastic. Thank you so much!"

BoxofKranz User ID: 5832857 29259
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"This recipe was good but not great. The apples did not keep their shape and it's possible that my crockpot was too high because it seemed overcooked."

ksb223 User ID: 1270993 75646
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"easy to make for just the 2 of us. I still use the whole can of sauerkraut but only 1/2 the other ingredients."

Summy User ID: 1386846 66333
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2009

"Hmm...I clicked on 5 stars, and only 4 came up. Definitely a 5 star recipe as far as I am concerned."

Summy User ID: 1386846 38106
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2009

"I made this a month ago, and am craving it again! It's warming, yummy, and the perfect combination of sour and sweet. This recipe is a keeper that I am passing on to my children."

maryh1 User ID: 865461 90611
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2009

"I used beef smoked sausage. It was delicious! My wine group raved over this recipe."

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