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Polish Kraut and Apples

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Cover and cook on low until apples are tender, 4-5 hours.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 546 calories, 31g fat (12g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 1630mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 4g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • Sean
    Nov 17, 2020

    Great recipe! But I would keep a close eye on it. 4-5 hrs is a long time and the apples just evaporate. I had to cut one more in to make it look like the picture!

  • KarenKeefe
    Mar 14, 2017

    Just like my Grandmother used to make! Very happy to find this recipe!

  • Ruffshse
    Oct 14, 2016

    Have made this many times.Its easy and delish.

  • JeMAnov18
    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
    Feb 25, 2015

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

  • Moonbeam81
    Feb 5, 2015

    Awesomeness in a crockpot!

  • swinny
    Jan 2, 2013


  • kimteaches
    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
    Oct 30, 2012

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

  • tchr90
    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.