5+ Things to Make with Sauerkraut Other Than a Reuben
5 6 sauerkraut recipes (plus a couple of extras) which are just as unique and delicious, as the Reuben, solving the dilemma of what to do with sauerkraut forever. Enjoy, because sauerkraut and most other fermented vegetables are really good for you.
Ah, the famed New York Reuben… what would it be without a generous helping of sauerkraut? Just another layered sourdough sandwich filled with thin slices of corned beef and Swiss cheese, nothing to write home about. It’s probably safe to say then, that with the ingenious addition of pickled cabbage to the sandwich, it is one dish which has singlehandedly helped lift kraut to international stardom. Here is a great recipe if you’d like to try making one at home.
For best flavour and texture, sauerkraut should only ever be salted and must remain “al dente”. Also, the longer the cabbage is brined and the more ingredients are added the softer it will get.
But did you know there are at least 5 other sauerkraut recipes which are just as unique and delicious, if in fact, not better?
1. Sauerkraut Kiwi Smash (Smoothie)
This is probably the most novel way to use pickled cabbage. Stop cringing and listen up. Mixed into a kiwi smoothie, sauerkraut provides a delicious, tangy and easy way to convince non-sauerkraut fans to have some of the probiotic goodness raw. In fact, when I first served it to my husband he didn’t even flinch… and he is still none the wiser.
Recipe: in a high-powered blender, blend together for 30-60 seconds: ⅓ cup loosely packed sauerkraut, ½ cup tightly packed iceberg lettuce, ½ cup loosely packed kale leaves, 1 kiwifruit, peeled, ¼ orange, peeled, 1 teaspoon macadamia oil, 1½ cups chilled filtered water and ½ cup ice cubes. Serves 1-2.
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2. Sauerkraut Slaw
Served alongside a good schnitzel or pan-fried fish, the sauerkraut slaw requires only 5 simple ingredients. It’s light on the calories but never on taste.
Recipe: mix together 500g crunchy sauerkraut, 1 small grated carrot, 2 tbsp light olive oil, 1 tsp sugar (or granulated stevia if you prefer), ground pepper. And voila, sauerslaw is ready! Serves 4. You can also make it into this veggie-packed Super Slaw with a whole lotta more good for you ingredients!
3. Sauerkraut Soup // Kapuśniak
Another one of my childhood favorites, the sauerkraut potato and bacon soup. Sounds pretty good already, doesn’t it?? And it’s simple to prepare too.
Recipe: cook 2 large peeled potatoes separately as the acid in the kraut may prevent them from going soft if cooked together. Then add them to the soup made up of 500g sauerkraut, 2 cups water, 2 bay leaves, 3 all spice seeds and 100g diced bacon, simmer together for 30 minutes. Serves 4.
4. Sauerkraut Hunter’s Stew // Bigos
Back in the day, Bigos was cooked to help use up leftovers from hunting and household scraps. Today it is a much more formal dish, with quality smoked goods, red wine and lemon rind added for flavour – ingredients once perceived as luxuries. In whatever incarnation, it is on of Poland’s most liked and famous national dishes.
5. Sauerkraut Dumplings
Lightly stir-fried sauerkraut, mixed with aromatic porcini mushrooms, or any other actually, wrapped in thin pastry parcel. The dough is a breeze to make, but you can also use store-bought gow gee wrappers. They are best enjoyed boiled then fried. What’s not to like?
Recipe: Sauerkraut and Porcini Dumplings
6. Sauerkraut Pancakes
Mixed into a savoury batter, the pancakes are great on their own but work just as well as a side to hearty goulash, creamy mushroom sauce or roasted pork with gravy.
Recipe: Mix together 250g sauerkraut, 1 cup milk, 1 cup plain flour, 1 egg and some smoked hot paprika. Spoon mixture into a lightly oiled fry pan and cook on both sides, until golden brown. Makes about 12 pancakes.
Other tasty and easy uses for Sauerkraut
Nori Rolls: One of my favourite ways of enjoying fermented cabbage, aside of course from eating it straight out of the jar, is in Rice-free Nori Rolls. Sauerkraut lends a similar tang of flavour as pickled ginger would to regular sushi.
Meatballs: You can also add 1 cup of sauerkraut to about 500g meatball mince.
Burgers: this is obvious if you like the Reuben, but sauerkraut goes really well on burgers. Or try adding some kraut to the patties themselves.