Let me just start by saying I do not like sauerkraut, like at all. I thought I would be a nice wife and make this for my hubby because he LOVES this dish and all things that have sauerkraut in them! I was so surprised to find that this is delicious! The sauerkraut flavor is not overwhelming at all. Really just good old fashioned comfort food. You are going to love this sauerkraut recipe!
If you happen to be on a keto diet don’t worry sauerkraut is keto friendly!
Imagine my surprise when I found out that I actually like this too! Cold sauerkraut is still a nope but this is really delicious. This easy sauerkraut recipe is a new favorite!
It does make a huge amount, it’s perfect for serving a crowd and heats up very well for left overs. Don’t need quite as much? Feel free to make half! I haven’t tried it but this should be a great freezer recipe as well. Follow all the steps just don’t bake!
The recipe wasn’t very clear so I was lucky my Father in Law called to help me out and give me a bit of history on the dish. I always enjoy finding out more of the story for these vintage recipes.
Roland first had it at a funeral and really liked it. His Mother in Law knew who made it and brought him the original recipe. Over the years he made a few changes to make it more to his tastes. I’m sure, like all cooks you will find ways to make it your own as well!
He doubled the onion and green pepper and adds 2 more bay leaves. Most importantly he adds 1 1/2 lbs sausage. It is very easy to add or take away according to your taste. Fresh bulk sausage, Italian sausage, or fresh kielbasa works well.
Of course I didn’t call Roland before shopping and only bought one onion and one green pepper. I did use 1 lb of hamburger and 1 lb of bulk sausage. Not trying to be confusing but this is one of those recipes that has really evolved over time. You know how that goes right?
The most important thing to remember is to drain and rinse your sauerkraut. Otherwise it just over powers all the other flavors.
Next time I make it I will add pepper, garlic, and onion powder. This makes a huge 9×13 dish full so be prepared for leftovers. Thankfully the leftovers are excellent. I do think you could easily skip the cheese and turn this in to a slow cooker recipe. It would be a good dish to pass!
If you enjoy this recipe be sure to check out some of the other casseroles I have shared! Hamburger Pie is Grandma R’s recipe. A hearty casserole with hamburger and green beans in a tomato sauce. Topped with mashed potatoes for that extra comfort food taste! Cavatini is from Grandma S and is a classic pasta casserole. Perfect to make ahead and feed a crowd! Not a casserole but Meatball Oven Stew is another recipe that hits the spot for home cooked comfort food.
Roland's Sauerkraut Casserole
A hearty sauerkraut casserole that has been a long time family favorite
- 1lb hamburger
- 1lb sausage
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 green pepper chopped
- 2lbs canned tomatoes
- 2lbs sauerkraut drained and rinsed
-1/2C to 1C shredded cheese
DirectionsBrown meats with onion and green pepper. Drain grease. Add tomatoes, sauerkraut, and bay leaves. Simmer 45 minutes. Pour into a 9X13 baking dish and top with cheese. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.