5 Delicious Ways to Incorporate Sauerkraut into Your Meals

5 Delicious Ways to Incorporate Sauerkraut into Your Meals

Sauerkraut, a fermented cabbage dish, has been a staple in many cuisines for centuries. Packed with probiotics and essential nutrients, sauerkraut not only adds a tangy flavour to your meals but also offers several health benefits.

I remember the first time I ever tried Sauerkraut on holiday in Germany, it came out of a big bucket and was served on top of hotdogs. I was hooked from the first taste of that tangy, delicious cabbage. This is a classic way to serve sauerkraut but if you're looking to add this versatile ingredient to your diet, here are five creative and delicious ways to incorporate sauerkraut into your meals.

  1. Reuben Sandwich with a Twist: The classic Reuben sandwich gets a flavourful upgrade when you add sauerkraut to the mix. Layer slices of corned beef or pastrami, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on rye bread, and top it off with a generous amount of sauerkraut. Grill the sandwich until the cheese melts and the sauerkraut is warmed through. The tangy sauerkraut cuts through the richness of the meat and cheese, creating a delectable combination of flavours.

  2. Sauerkraut Salad: Turn sauerkraut into the star of your salad with a simple and refreshing recipe. Combine sauerkraut with shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers, and chopped fresh dill. Drizzle with a light vinaigrette made with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and a touch of honey. Toss everything together and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the flavours to meld. This sauerkraut salad is not only vibrant and tangy but also a great source of gut-healthy probiotics.

  3. Sauerkraut Pizza Topping: Give your pizza a zesty twist by using sauerkraut as a topping. Spread a layer of tomato sauce on your pizza crust, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, and then add dollops of sauerkraut. Top it off with your favourite ingredients like sliced pepperoni, mushrooms, or onions. Bake the pizza until the crust is crispy and the cheese is golden brown. The sauerkraut adds a pleasant tanginess to the pizza, making every bite a burst of flavour.

  4. Sauerkraut Stuffed Dumplings: Take your dumpling game to the next level by incorporating sauerkraut into the filling. Prepare your dumpling dough and roll it out into small circles. For the filling, mix sauerkraut with ground pork or tofu, finely chopped onions, garlic, and ginger. Place a small spoonful of the filling in the center of each dumpling wrapper, fold, and seal the edges. Steam or pan-fry the dumplings until they are cooked through and golden. The sauerkraut adds a delightful tang and a unique twist to the traditional dumpling flavours.

  5. Sauerkraut and Sausage Skillet: Create a hearty one-pan meal by combining sauerkraut and sausage in a skillet. Cook your favorite sausages, such as bratwurst or kielbasa, until they are browned and cooked through. Remove the sausages from the skillet and set them aside. In the same skillet, sauté onions and garlic until they are fragrant and translucent. Add sauerkraut, caraway seeds, and a splash of beer or broth for added flavor. Simmer everything together for a few minutes, then return the sausages to the skillet and cook for a few more minutes. Serve this flavourful dish with mustard and crusty bread for a satisfying meal.

Sauerkraut is a versatile and healthy ingredient that can add a delightful tang to various dishes. Whether you're looking for a zesty addition to your Reuben sandwiches, summer salads, seasonal stews or sourdough pizza, sauerkraut fits the bill! 

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