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hard cider braised kielbasa with potatoes and sauerkraut

we haven’t had my mom’s German dinner for a long time, and i had a craving for kielbasa and sauerkraut… so for you today – another fast, easy sausage for dinner recipe. this one switches the classic beer-and-sausage combination for gluten-free hard apple cider (um, yum!), resulting in a sweet-and-sour dish that’s perfect for a cool night.




since we’re in a temporary house with no dishwasher (and i actually don’t mind it on the days we keep up!), the kid with the dishes-chore really appreciates a one-pot meal.




i really like bavarian-style sauerkraut (it’s got the caraway seeds and seems sweeter), but you can also make your own.  this recipe from nourished kitchen looks amazing and do-able!




here you go – give it a try!


hard cider braised kielbasa with potatoes and sauerkraut
a fast and easy recipe that makes a sweet, tangy one-pot meal.
Recipe type: one-pot dinner
Serves: serves 8
  • 2 (14 ounce) packages kielbasa, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 large white sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into bite-size pieces
  • 12 fluid ounces hard apple cider
  • 1 28 ounce jar bavarian style sauerkraut
  • 3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  1. In a large, deep skillet, cook sausage in 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat until it just starts to brown (about 3-5 minutes).
  2. Remove sausage and set aside; add remaining 2 tablespoons oil and potatoes and cook until they begin to brown (about 3-5 minutes).
  3. Add sauerkraut, hard cider, and mustard to skillet and cover; cook for 8-10 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender.
  4. Add sausage back to skillet and warm through before serving.



this recipe was inspired by a terrific recipe at, created by Hillshire Farm.  let me know what you think in the comments below!


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