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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sauerkraut Inspired Recipes

Sauerkraut Balls

1 pound Idaho potatoes, peeled, diced and cooked until tender
2 cups sauerkraut
1 cup small diced Bavarian ham
2 egg yolks
3/4 cup whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 egg, beaten with 2 tablespoons milk
3 cups fine dried bread crumbs
Oil, for frying
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

Using a food ricer, rice the potatoes into a large mixing bowl. Add the sauerkraut, ham, egg yolks, 1/4 cup of mustard and chopped green onions. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Form the mixture into small balls, about a tablespoon each. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer and freeze for 30 minutes.

Preheat the fryer. Season the flour, egg wash, and bread crumbs, with salt and pepper. Roll each sauerkraut ball in the flour, coating completely. Dip each in the egg wash, letting the excess drip off. Finally roll each in the bread crumbs. Fry the sauerkraut balls in batches until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the fryer and drain on paper towels. Season with salt.

In small mixing bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup of the mustard and sour cream. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Serve the sauerkraut balls on a large platter with the mustard dipping sauce. Garnish with parsley.

Cocktail Reubens

36 slices party rye bread (1 mini loaf)
Thousand Island salad dressing
2 pkgs (4oz each) cooked, sliced corn beef
German spicy mustard
1 cup sauerkraut, drained
6 slices of swiss cheese

Spread each slice of bread with salad dressing. Top with 2 slices of corn beef. Add mustard, and then 1 teaspoon of sauerkraut. Cut each cheese slice into 6 pieces; place 1 piece on each appetizer. Broil at 425 degrees 4 to 5 inches from heat, for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Spareribs and Sauerkraut

2 sides spareribs
salt and pepper
2 stalks celery
1 medium onion
1 can sauerkraut
1 teaspoon caraway seeds

Cut spareribs into serving pieces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place into a deep pan or dutch oven. Add 2 cups hot water, sliced celery and onions. Simmer, covered, for 1 1/2 hrs. (Ribs may be browned before cooking in water, if desired.) Lift out spareribs, place sauerkraut in bottom of pan. Mix in caraway seeds and a little sugar. Place ribs over sauerkraut. Cover pan and continue cooking for 30 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. German Skillet Dinner...SAUERKRAUT! Melt one stick oleo or butter on bottom of large skillet...add to the top of that 1 very well drained can kraut, add to top of that 1 diced onion...add to top of that 1.25 to 1.50 cup white that with crumbled uncooked ground beef, we like 1.50 to 2 pounds.80 to 85 percent, needs some fat in it ..salt/pepper the top of burger and then pour 2 small cans tomato sauce over all the top. I have used 3 cans if hamburger not making much juice to cook rice in. Make sure to pour around the edges too. Bring to a simmer and put on lid. SImmer for 25 minutes. DO NOT STIR...but make sure it is a low simmer,not hard or it will burn kraut on bottom. we eat this at least once every two weeks.