Kapusta (Sauerkraut)

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“This is a traditional Polish sauerkraut recipe that my late sister Elizabeth and I developed together. This recipe was submitted to WNED TV for their ethnic cookbook and it was published in 2002. It freezes well and is great with sausages, kielbasa, stuffed pork chops, hot dogs, or breaded pork or chicken cutlets. Serve with boiled small new potatoes with melted butter and dill, some good rye bread, and dill pickles. The kapusta can be cooked entirely on top of the stove over low heat, stirring frequently. You can top it with wieners, thick ham slices, or precooked sausages for last 30 minutes of baking. Or top it with kielbasa for last 30 minutes or so, or slice the kielbasa and bury it in the kapusta at the beginning of baking. Brown pork chops both sides, bury them in the kapusta and bake for 1-1/2 hours until meat is done. The yield given is an estimate.”
1hr 30mins
10 cups

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sauté bacon bits until almost crispy. Add butter and onions and cook for about 5 minutes until onions are lightly golden.
  2. Rinse sauerkraut in a strainer under gently running cold water and squeeze out thoroughly to remove excess water; add to the bacon and onion mixture.
  3. Add the peeled, grated potato (or the carrots or apple).
  4. Add chicken broth, brown sugar, bay leaves, and seasonings. Stir to mix thoroughly.
  5. Cook, uncovered, stirring frequently, until everything is heated thoroughly. Transfer to a roasting pan.
  6. Cover and bake in 300 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes up to 1 hour until kapusta is browned slightly.
  7. Stir occasionally and add water or chicken broth if necessary (push kapusta aside and check bottom of roasting pan for liquid).

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