Friday, December 3, 2010

Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Kraut

My husband is from E. Europe and eats his weight as well as my weight in kielbasa every year. This delicious meal is so simple, there's no recipe.

Just throw everything in the crockpot and turn it on. Come back 8 hours later for the perfect antidote to a cold, blustery day.

This stuff would melt the icicles on the Grinch's heart. Seriously.


-Kielbasa (not the crappy stuff from the grocery store, you'll need to find an ethnic meat shop, see Instructions for more info)
-Root veggies such as turnips, parsnips, carrots, potatoes, whatever your diet allows
-2 jars Sauerkraut (I would use the Vlasic brand, we think it's the best)
-1 can chicken broth


1.Locate your local Polish, Hungarian, Slovenian, Russian or Ukrainian meat shop and get some fresh homemade kielbasa. If there isn't one in your area, but you end up traveling somewhere that has ethnic grocery stores, pick some up--it'll keep in the freezer for 6 to 8 weeks.

The place we get ours from is working on an online ordering service.

Whatever you do, don't buy crappy mass produced brats or kielbasa from chain grocery stores, it's not the same thing. At all.

2.Drop the kielbasa in a crock pot along with whatever veggies you eat (potatoes or carrots work best, but turnips would be good)

How I deal with the carrots and potato which are not low carb? I allow 1/4 of a potato and a chunk of carrot per serving. The people who can eat carbs get the rest. So portion control keeps this low carb for me.

3.Top with lightly rinsed kraut.

4.Pour in a can of chicken stock and cook on low for about 8 hours.

Serving tip: Top the kraut with a pat of butter.

P.S.Oh and before I forget, if you are shopping Amazon this year, please consider using my affiliate link. Proceeds go toward replacing my Kitchen Aid mixer, which I rely on heavily due to a bum wrist. It doesn't cost you anything, I don't know who orders what or where things go or even if people clicked from this post.

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