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Best Ever German Sauerkraut Casserole

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German Sauerkraut Casserole

You will love this dish! German food is always hearty, flavorful, and unique.

sauerkraut casserole

I ran into this amazing sauerkraut casserole at a German buffet dinner in a tucked-away town in Nebraska, hosted by the local senior citizens.

We were on a weekend mini adventure on a cold, drizzly October day. It was about noon, and we were looking for somewhere fun to eat. The tiny, tidy downtown was inviting, and we noticed a sign that read, “German Dinner served today 11:00-1:00.” We were in adventure mode and eager to try something different.

So we thought, why not? I mean, my husband is 100% German. German food is great, and we were both hungry. We bought a ticket and got in line.

The dinner in Eustis, Nebraska, was a buffet. Eustis is very German and famous for the sausage made there, so it’s known as “The Sausage Capital” of our dear state. Their annual community celebration is called “Wurst Tag,” which literally means Sausage Day!

I’m always game for trying a new dish, so I tasted a little dab of this interesting-looking German sauerkraut casserole. The flavor is indescribably sweet, sour, salty, and savory all at the same time! Immediately, I grabbed a larger serving.

Sauerkraut Casserole Das Ist Gut Ja

We all know the marriage of bacon and brown sugar is made in heaven, right? Well, I have to tell you, the angels sang Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus after my first bite, and I had to track down the person who brought it!

It didn’t take long to sniff out the person who provided the casserole. The tall, lanky lady obligingly wrote it down on a slip of scrap paper and told me it would taste best if I used her homemade sauerkraut! She is justifiably proud of her recipe!

What an entrepreneur! She told us she makes and sells 500 pounds of the fermented cabbage every year! I may just look her up and buy some if we’re lucky enough to go to Wurst Tag in June!

At first glance, this German sauerkraut casserole recipe might not look like a winner it is. It’s sort of like a dress that doesn’t look good on a hanger, but once you put it on, it’s amazingly flattering. Don’t be fooled! It is absolutely delicious.

Check out this simple Sauerkraut meal idea from Instagram

Believe It Or Not The First Sauerkraut Was Made In China Not Germany

Sauerkraut is finely cut raw fermented cabbage. It has a long shelf life and a distinctive sour flavor, resulting from the lactic acid formed when bacteria ferment the sugars in the cabbage leaves. It is one of the best-known national dishes in Germany.

Here’s your language lesson for today! The word sauerkraut comes from the German words “sauer” and “kraut,” meaning sour cabbage. The word “sauer” also means acidic in German, so the German term for “cabbage fermented by lactic acid” is perfectly descriptive.

You may think sauerkraut originated in Germany. But in fact, it’s another invention of the Chinese! Two thousand years ago, they fermented cabbage in rice wine!

How do you fix sauerkraut? Here’s another unique way to use this tasty cabbage concoction, Sauerkraut Salad. We sure hope you’ll give this delicious casserole a try! If you do, please send pictures! ❤

Yield: 12 servings

German Sauerkraut Casserole

sauerkraut casserole

Very fast and easy to throw together. Great flavor and color. Goes extra well with meatloaf or pork roast. I bet it would be great with sausage or even hot dogs!

Course Side Dish

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-quart fresh sauerkraut from the refrigerated section. Do not drain.
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 15-ounce can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 pound bacon cut into one-inch pieces, cooked crisp reserve 2-3 Tbsp drippings
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Instructions

    Saute onion in bacon drippings until transparent. Combine all ingredients in a shallow casserole dish. (You want some of the liquid to evaporate.) Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

German Sauerkraut Casserole
German Sauerkraut Casserole

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