Sauerkraut & Dumplings: A German Favorite
Please Rate This Great German Favorite
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Serves six twice
- 1 Large Jar Sauerkraut, Drained well
- 1-2 Large Eggs
- As Needed Water
- 2-4 Cups Flour
- 1 Tablespoon Cooking Oil, Optional
- 2-3 Weiners or Sausages, sliced thin, optional
- 2-4 Potatoes, Bite-size
It's so easy!
- Drain and squeeze sauerkraut of all excess liquid.
- In a frying pan, heat oil. If you have a nonstick pan or prefer not to use oil, there is no need to add oil. But watch for burning!
- Once oil and pan are heated, add sauerkraut and fry until brown and crispy. Drain well.
While this is cooking, grab a stock pot and fill 1/2 way with water and bring to a boil.
- If you prefer, you can add wieners or sausage to the sauerkraut, brown to your desire.
To the boiling water, add 2-4 potatoes, cut in bite-size pieces. You can peel the potatoes, but I got tired of that and just add the skin to the meal. Lots of vitamins and a lot less work!
- In a large bowl, mix 1-2 eggs with flour, stirring in the water slowly. Continue adding flour and water to get a thick mixture that holds well. It should be very thick and gooey (sticky). Just when you think you cannot stir anymore, stir a little bit more.
- When water is boiling, take a teaspoon (or tablespoon for larger dumplings), dip into the boiling water and then scoop up the dough a teaspoon at a time and stir into the water. (The dough will immediately release and the spoon will be wet for the next quick release.)
- After all the dumplings are in the pot, let cook for about 15-20 minutes. To tell if a dumpling is cooked thoroughly, take the largest one out and cut it. If it has air pockets and is not gooey, it is done. If there seems to be more water than dumplings in the pan, make some more. Drain.
- Combine dumplings and potatoes with sauerkraut (and meat). You can do this in the frying pan if you want to brown the dumplings. I tend to make a lot at a time so I just mix it all in the stock pot. I do not salt and pepper to taste, though you certainly can. But not doing so, cuts down on salt because it is likely everyone will salt and pepper separately anyway.
- This serves 6 easily, but you can add a whole lot of dumplings and potatoes before you need to use more sauerkraut or meat. This makes for a cheap meal (under $3 without meat). You can literally feed 8-10 people twice with $6.00!
- This is not meant to be a nutritional meal. It is meant to fill the belly of hungry children on a limited budget. But, you can add veggies, such as corn or green beans.