Friday, July 15, 2011

German Sauerkraut Soup

This soup tastes like Germany in a bowl! Lots of bold flavors that warm you down to your toes! I love it! I love sauerkraut, brats and spicy mustard . . . I know that not everyone is too keen on sauerkraut so this soup is a good of way easing into it. I especially love adding a dollop of horseradish to it when serving! Mmm-mmm!!!German Sauerkraut SoupRecipe by: Emily

7-8 Medium Red Potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
4-5 Bratwurst
1 Large Onion, chopped
6 cups Beef Broth
2 cups Sauerkraut, with juices
3 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 cup Water
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2-3 Tbsp Spicy Mustard
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 Tbsp chopped Parsley

1. Cook the bratwurst in a large soup pot according to package directions. Remove and set aside. Raise the pot heat to medium high and add the chopped onion and 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt. Once the onions start to caramelize lower the heat to medium-low and continue cooking until softened and golden brown.

2. Add 1/2 cup of water and deglaze the pan. Add the beef broth, mustard's, sauerkraut and potatoes and bring to a simmer. Simmer gently for 15- 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

3. Cut the cooked bratwurst into bite sized pieces and add to the pot along with 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and chopped parsley. Simmer for 5 minutes more. Check seasonings and add additional salt, pepper, sugar or vinegar if needed. Serve with horseradish, fried onions, and or croutons to garnish. Enjoy!

-Rinse the sauerkraut before adding to the pot if you want a milder flavor.
-Crumble rye bread over the top before serving.
-You can also add 1/2 tsp caraway seed to the soup while cooking the onions if you like caraway.