Polish Kraut and Apples

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours


4 servings

Updated: Nov. 14, 2023
My family loves this hearty meal on cold winter nights. The tender apples, kraut and smoked sausage give it a heartwarming old-world flavor. I like making it because the prep time is very short. —Caren Markee, Cary, Illinois


  • 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 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 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.