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Sauerkraut Casserole Recipe

Sauerkraut Casserole Recipe

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: 1 hour YIELD: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


  • 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: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 188 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 905mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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dusk5633 User ID: 8313943 264907
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2017

"The thought of Italian sausage with sauerkraut didn't sit well with me. I used smoked sausage and chicken stock instead of water. Very big thumbs up from my guests. I like the suggestion of using beer for the liquid as well. I might add some mustard next time I cook this. I will make this again."

tamidolls User ID: 1067453 257785
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2016

"We enjoyed this very much. I used bratwurst, and it was delicious. Next time I will use apple juice instead of water, and double the amount of sausage."

vimy101 User ID: 8670483 248394
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."

[email protected] User ID: 2731069 243176
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."

clouda9 User ID: 6786643 1936
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."

mindysmama User ID: 6929696 6067
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!"

83Bake User ID: 6896728 4832
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."

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 4610
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2013

"Yummy. I used half the sugar and cooked mine on the stove instead of the oven. I forgot to rinse and drain the sauerkraut, but it didn't seem to matter. Next time I might dice the apples."

scsvatek User ID: 4971420 3928
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013

"We loved it. Cooked it as the recipe says and don't regret it."

Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 4109
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013 Edited Nov. 15, 2015

"This was a fabulous recipe that my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed. I did prepare mine slightly differently. I left my sausages whole and browned them by themselves. When they were done I removed the sausages and added the onion and apples to the browned bits of sausage that was left in the pan. Cooked for a few then added the remaining ingredients. Then cut the links onto small serving sized pieces and added them to the skillet as well.

I also decreased the sugar to less than 1/4 cup and used apple juice and chicken stock in place of the water. I did not use the caraway seeds and I would caution the amount.
I too served it over mashed potatoes. Next time I will add some carrot to the mix as well.
Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editor"

rachellestratton User ID: 2983875 7114
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2013

"I served this on top of mashed potatoes."

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 4104
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"I make my own sauerkraut and this is one of my husband's favorite ways to enjoy it. Sometimes I substitute cooked bulk Italian sausage for the links, and it tastes just as delicious!"

susnan User ID: 4129354 3879
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012

"Like an earlier reviewer, I cut the sugar in half and it was fine. My family enjoyed it."

CWyatt User ID: 3826639 5330
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2012

"Way too sweet and otherwise flavorless. Couldn't taste the sauerkraut or kielbasa (substituted). Our group of 6 all disliked it. Would definitely not make again."

summyb User ID: 3917798 1935
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2012

"I've made this several times, but substitute apple juice for the water, and only use 1/4 cup of brown sugar. I serve it with mashed potatoes. I'm making it again tonight, but using a can of Bavarian Sauerkraut with caraway seeds (since I didn't want to spend extra on buying the caraway)."

Summy User ID: 1386846 7078
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011 Edited Nov. 5, 2013

"I very reluctantly brought two servings of this recipe to my elderly parents. It was hard to part with a single delicious spoonful. However, I used about 1/2 the amount of sugar, apple juice instead of water, and beef kielbasa (because I didn't have any sausage). My parents loved it as much as I did! Comfort food at its best."

bkparker User ID: 3739767 3282
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"My husband really liked this recipe. It is different and that's what I look for."

omahataxidriver User ID: 5143548 4098
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"I used half ittallian sasuage and the other half kelibasa..yummmm"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 3277
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"Wow! I used turkey Italian sausage and everything tasted great. I served with mashed potatoes.

~ Theresa"

mewandmitch User ID: 3659890 6066
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2010

"This is one of my favorite supper dishes. The only thing I do differently is to add 2 chicken bouillion cubes to the hot water. I have a friend who's an excellent cook and that's how she makes her sauerkraut. This dish is savory and delicious!"

parksville User ID: 1598935 4831
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"Substituted smoked polish kielbasa for the italian sausage, sauteed slices w/ the onions to brown them up a bit. Served over mashed potatoes. Yum, yum! This is a really good recipe and easy to prepare. I will definitley make it again and again as we love sauerkraut!

Trish D
Parksville, Bc"

jeribitney User ID: 4042223 6475
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"This was easy to do and so delicious! The only difficult which I encountered was being able to stop eating."

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