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Kielbasa and Sauerkraut

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This is a recipe from a old family recipe from my friend Patti's Polish family. Allow for plenty of time to prepare and cook this dish. It is definitely worth the time and effort! Serve with hot potato salad and red cabbage.
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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Polish
Servings 5 Servings

Equipment

  • large saucepan
  • skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds sauerkraut rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds optional
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 apple diced
  • 1/2 pound bacon cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds kielbasa sausage cut into 1-inch thick slices

Instructions
 

  • Place the sauerkraut, caraway seeds, brown sugar, and apple into a large saucepan over medium-low heat, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  • Place the bacon and onion into a skillet over medium heat, and cook until the bacon is almost crisp and the onion is beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Stir the bacon mixture into the sauerkraut. In the same skillet, brown the kielbasa sausage in the remaining bacon grease until the sausage begins to brown, 10 to 15 minutes; stir into the sauerkraut mixture. Spoon the sauerkraut and sausage mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 1 hour.
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