Monday, November 8, 2010

Sauerkraut Chowder

If you like sauerkraut...........I have just the soup for you.
I've been making this soup for quite a few years and my family loves it. It's a bit of a quirky spin on potato soup. Picture potato soup with the tart sourness of kraut and the rich smokeness of kielbasa. Getting the yummy picture?
I also want to try a different version of this soup sometime this winter. Instead of sauerkraut I want to use kimchi. Well..if you think about it, kimchi is just a wonderful spicy variation of sauerkraut, right? Korean food is close to our hearts and I love using the ingredients in new and unusual ways, so watch for this in the not so distant future.

Sauerkraut Chowder

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3 -4 large russet potatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (15 ounce) can sauerkraut
1 (10 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (1 lb) package kielbasa, fried or grilled and diced
salt and pepper, to taste

Cut potatoes into bite size pieces place in a dutch-oven, cover with water, add onions and boil until cooked through and fork tender.
When potatoes are done add sauerkraut, evaporated milk and cream cheese; stir until cream cheese is completely blended.
Add the chopped Kielbasa and salt and pepper to taste
Cover and cook at a low simmer for 30 minutes.

I served our chowder with a scattering of cheese and some nice warm buttered french bread. You can't get better comfort food than this, come on winter..........I'm ready for you!


  1. That sounds very interesting. It is definitely not a German thing, but a nice twist with the Sauerkraut. Like it.

  2. After reading the title, I couldn't wait to see the recipe and it sounds delicious - I'll have to add this to the try list.

  3. This sounds like something that would make my "Irish/English" hubby very happy! I'll add it to the menu! Thanks!

  4. Very interesting Mika. My parents were German so I grew up on Sauerkraut but my hubby hates it so I rarely make it. I love it just sweetened with a little sugar, fried and served with pork.

  5. I am going to try this next week! We love polish sausage and saurkraut so I think this will be great!


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