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dr pepper sauerkraut w/smoked sausage & onions

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Rose Mary Mogan
Sauk Village, IL

You may not want to believe this but yes I made Sauerkraut & cooked it in Dr Pepper it was so good. I went to make another one pot wonder, & discovered I was out of Apple Juice. Had this Dr Pepper left over, when I had wanted to make Dr Pepper Glazed Ham, but made Kahlua Glazed Ham instead, so it was sitting in the pantry & decided to use it for the apple juice. The caramel color complimented the brown sugar nicely, & the flavors was really very tasty. A great accidental substitute for the apple juice. My husband walked in the house & marveled at the aroma of the kraut. He loved it.

(2 ratings)
yield 6 or more depending on portion size
prep time 10 Min
cook time 55 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For dr pepper sauerkraut w/smoked sausage & onions

  • 4 can
    sauerkraut (14.5 oz each)
  • 1 c
    light brown sugar (or to your taste)
  • 16 oz
    dr pepper soda (or enough to almost cover kraut)
  • 3 md
    apples cored & sliced (i used golden delicious)
  • 3 md
    onions, sliced
  • 1/2 stick
  • 5 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 42 oz
    smoked sausage, (family pac size)
  • 2 tsp
    caraway seeds (optional) if desired
  • chopped green onion tops as garnish if desired

How To Make dr pepper sauerkraut w/smoked sausage & onions

  • Dr  Pepper makes sauerkraut taste amazing, who would have ever thought it could taste so good.
    Peel onions and wash & core apples and slice both apples and onions. Add butter to large skillet, I used a 16 inch non stick skillet. Heat over medium high heat.
  • This is only 2 onions, so I ended up adding another one.
    Add the sliced apples, minced garlic, and sliced onions to skillet and sauté for about 1 -2 minutes.
  • The beginning of something great for dinner. Dr. Pepper Sauerkraut with Smoked Sausage and onions.
    Open sauerkraut and add to a large colander, and rinse, then add to skillet, add caraway seeds if desired.
  • There is a lot of sausage in a Family Pack but not too much for my Meat loving husband, he loved this dish, and so did I.
    Remove sausage from package and make diagonal cuts into sausages with sharp knife. Add the brown sugar to sauerkraut.
  • Just enough Dr Pepper to add flavor and  give that caramel color to the sauerkraut. It was so good.
    Top Kraut with smoked sausage. ADD ENOUGH DR PEPPER TO COME ALMOST TO TOP OF KRAUT. Cover with a lid and bring to a simmer. Then REMOVE LID and lower heat and cook over low heat until most of the liquid evaporates, stirring as needed to prevent sticking. Cooking for about 45 minutes or so.
  • This is one of the best dishes I have eaten since being released from the hospital. It was sooo good and tasty.
    Plate and serve as desired. Add chopped green onion tops over kraut platter as desired just before serving.