Sunday, December 26, 2010

Zuurkool met Worst (sauerkraut with smoked sausage)

Sauerkraut, potatoes and smoked sausage
This is the last of the Dutch favorite postings for the week - my parents are heading home. 

This particular dish probably has some Wiki history but I haven't checked it out yet.  If I had to guess, it's probably a popular dish in cold climates since it combines potatoes, cured meat, and preserved veggies - something hearty for the long winter months before refrigeration.
A hearty meal of potatoes, sauerkraut, sausage and bacon - mmmmmmm
4 pounds potatoes
8 ounces bacon
smoked sausage
large jar of sauerkraut
Preparing to boil peeled potatoes in a large pot.  Cover potatoes with just enough water to cover
slice bacon into little pieces

Fry little pieces of bacon until crisp
Drain and rinse sauerkraut
When potatoes are soft, add drained sauerkraut on top, cover and let steam with heat off
Bacon is almost ready
Heat sausage per package directions

When it's all soft, cooked, and crispy - drain potatoes and kraut, reserving the cooking water

Start stirring and mashing the potatoes and kraut
Add the bacon and grease - continue to mash and stir, add some of the reserved water if needed
Turn potatoes out into a large serving bowl and heated sausage on top
My plate
Christmas cake for dessert
This meal hit the spot last night, especially since we were out sledding in the afternoon.  As we were preparing the meal, a good friend dropped off a huge chunk of traditional English Christmas Cake - the perfect end to a perfect meal and the last meal of a wonderful family gathering.   Until next year...


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