I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Friday, January 16, 2009

On A "Sauer" Note, How About A Nice Bowl Of Soup!

We were at Gram’s house one weekend and she was telling us about some restaurant that she and her husband went to many years ago. While there they both saw something on the menu that sparked their interest, sauerkraut soup. It really wasn’t a hard decision seeing that they were both huge sauerkraut lovers. One of their favorite meals just happened to be pork and sauerkraut, which was my mother’s favorite meal as well. Let’s just say a few bowls later pretty much sized up their love of this soup. This recipe is not identical to what they had at the restaurant that fine day but is just as delicious and extremely easy to make. If you love sauerkraut this soup is sure to put a smile on your face.

Sauerkraut Soup

2 lbs. sauerkraut (canned or bagged)
6 cups canned beef broth
2 cups water
1 cup chopped onions
3 tbsp. butter or bacon grease
1/2 - 1 tsp. paprika
1 cup of flour
2 med. potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 lb. Polish sausage, cut into 1/4 inch slices (may also substitute with bacon, pork or any other type of sausage).
3 tbsp. butter
Salt or pepper to taste

Wash sauerkraut and drain, using a large kettle, add beef broth and water. Simmer 30 minutes covered. Meanwhile cook onion in shortening until soft. Stir in flour and paprika. Cook another 3-4 minutes. Mix into skillet 3 cups of sauerkraut mixture with onion. Stir until smooth. Stir in rest of sauerkraut. Add diced potatoes. Simmer 30 minutes. In same skillet used for onion and butter, add Polish sausage. Cook for 10 minutes until slightly browned. Add to soup and simmer another 5 minutes before serving.

Serving tip: A dollop of sour cream compliments the flavor of this soup nicely.



Rochelle R. said...

I have never had sauerkraut soup, but I like sauerkraut. I am going to try this. Thanks.

Robyn said...

Yum... I saw a similar recipe on Smitten Kitchen recently (http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/11/veselkas-cabbage-soup/#more-1426), but I think it has less sauerkraut. I love sauerkraut, but yah it scares me a little... I worry about the soup being too salty I guess.

Julie said...

It can be salty Robyn, it helps if you rinse the sauerkraut beforehand.

Julie said...

Enjoy, Rochelle