You ever have one of those meals you’re really excited about? It may not be anything special, but you are confident it’ll be tasty when it’s done and fairly easy to create. Well that’s how I felt about our sausage and sauerkraut dinner last week. And since today is the official start of Oktoberfest, this seems like the perfect meal to post today! I had looked on Pinterest for other similar dishes and decided to kick mine up a notch by throwing in baby gold potatoes and an apple.
My sausage, which was a chicken hardwood smoked sausage, was fully cooked. So aside from heating up the sauerkraut, the only things needing to truly cook were the potatoes and apple. I didn’t expect either to take too long as they were fairly small in size. So I estimated throwing everything into the crock pot about 2-3 hours before dinnertime.
Well….that was NOT the case! Those pesky little potatoes….took much longer than I expected. I started the crock pot at 4:30 and even after 4 hours, there were still potatoes that weren’t quite cooked. I contribute that to several things. I could have layered things in the crock pot differently and I also could’ve (and probably should’ve) started with just the potatoes and apples in the crock pot and added the sausage and kraut at the end just to heat up. I think everything in there together made the potatoes have to fight for some of that heat and liquid. So next time I’ll try cooking them for 3-4 hours and add the rest for a final hour.
But regardless of a few still-firm potatoes, this meal had a great flavor and was super hearty!
The recipe is written with the adjustments I should’ve made.
Many times my recipes are works of progress. Try-outs. Auditions. Sometimes they flop and sometimes they shine the first time around. Others, like this one, still managed to be great but I learned a thing or two for next time. If you love a good German-style meal and want something easy to put together, I hope you’ll try this. And if you do, let me know how it turns out. There are ways you could customize the recipe for your own tastes too. For example, adding caraway seeds or omitting the potatoes and apple and serving up the kraut and sausage on big crusty hoagie rolls. No matter how you try it, I hope you enjoy!
- 1 package of sausage - your choice
- 1 jar or 2 cans sauerkraut, mostly drained
- 3/4 pound of small potatoes - any kind will do
- 1 apple, chopped
- 2 tasty beers
- 3 heaping tbsp of Dijon mustard
- Cut your potatoes in half and chop apple so all pieces are roughly the same size. This will help ensure that all pieces are cooked evenly and consistently.
- Add to the crock pot with the two beers poured and the dijon mustard.
- Cook on high for 3-4 hours.
- Add the sausage and sauerkraut and cook for one more hour, stirring halfway though