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Sauerkraut Casserole Recipe
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Sauerkraut Casserole Recipe

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Mom brewed her own sauerkraut and, of course, the cabbage was from our big farm garden! Blending the kraut with spicy sausage and apples was Mom's favorite way to fix it, and I still love this country dish. —Rosemary Pryor, Pasadena, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 70 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 70 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage links, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and quartered
  • 1 can (27 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 188 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 905 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink and onion is tender; drain. Stir in the apples, sauerkraut, water, brown sugar and caraway seeds.
  2. Transfer to a 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Sauerkraut Casserole in Taste of Home February/March 1993, p35

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed May. 19, 2016

"We really enjoyed this and the only changes I made were to use beer in place of the water and hot Italian sausage instead of mild (personal taste). served with a good salad and nothing more was needed."

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"Wow! Wonderful path 2 my spouses stomach. Im not a fan of saurkraut, but when I tried it I was like wow my casserole dish was gone with 3 guys in the house. U gotta give it a try."

Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

"Pretty darn delicious. Carefully poured off the sauce into a pan (once the casserole had cooled a bit), thickened with cornstarch over medium high heat and poured back over the casserole. Now it is just perfect to ladle over mashed potatoes or egg noodles."

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"I made this today and it was very good. I used kielbasa b/c that's what I had. I cut the kielbasa into coins and browned it with the onion and apple I only had one apple. I used beer instead of water for a little more flavor and the full amount of brown sugar called for. There are no leftovers and I know I will want more tomorrow. I will be making this again soon. Oh I also served over mashed potatoes it was really good I liked the salty kielbasa and the brown sugar flavor from the sauerkraut everything just came together perfectly!"

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"Very tasty! Will use less sugar though next time. Is more of a side dish than a main course, but satisfying."

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