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We love this meal and it is so simple in the crockpot.  Sauerkraut and potatoes just seem to go together.  Add some Polish sausage and you have a meal in a pot!  This is real comfort food and my family is all about comfort food.

2 (14 ounce) cans sauerkraut, undrained (or 1 (2 pound) bag)
5 or 6 potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 cup water
1 pound Polish sausage, cut into chunks (could use smoked sausage)
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Place sauerkraut and potatoes in slow cooker, add spices and water.  Place sausage on top.  Cook 4 hours on high or about 6 hours on low or until potatoes are done.  Makes 6 to 8 serving. Enjoy!
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62 Responses

  1. Just wondering how to do this in the oven…my crock pot isnt heating up :(

    • Sorry, Julie! I would still do it the same way. Just put in a baking dish, cover with foil and cook at 350 until potatoes are done. You might add some broth or water to the bottom of the pan.

  2. Hello, I am new to the cooking world with a crock pot, can i leave it on low all day for about 8 hours? Should i add some extra water ? I am making it tomorrow morning before i leave for work. Thank !!

  3. My mother made this growing up and during last few minutes she would use Bisquit. And make drop dumplings from the drop biscuit recipe and drop them on top, put lid back on til done. Oh so good! They take on the taste of sauerkraut so fluffy and good. Everyone I make the for just loves them!

  4. This was really easy and delicious!!

  5. Saw the recipe on FB and shared with my FB friends. Since I loved all the ingredients and had it, I came home and prepared this. Sill cooking it, but I can’t wait until it’s done. Actually made my mouth water! I know I’m going to have a terrific dinner this evening! Thanks for sharing!!!! :)

  6. Just made this for my husband, he loved it!

  7. I make this quite often but I also add an apple quartered twice over and a cup of apple juice. Gives it a slightly sweet flavor. This is also good using boneless country style pork ribs instead of sausage or even brats.

  8. Do I have to use caraway seeds and bay leafs I don’t have any

  9. I made sauerkraut for the first time and it should be ready in about another week. Can’t wait to try this!!

  10. Heading to the store now for ingredients. My husband posted this to my page and asked me to PLEASE make this lol

  11. Can shredded cabbage be use instead of the Kraut it is bitter but I guess I could add the sugar as some-one suggested

  12. Thank you for all your hard work. I hope people appreciate all that you have done. How many times have a bought cook books and found only 1 recipe I really liked. What a waste of my money. Everything you have posted that I have tried has been excellent. Thank you again and it is FREE! Goodness, one can’t go wrong with that!

  13. I’ve been making this for years, but mine is a little different. I use bavarian kraut instead of regular sauerkraut and I also add an apple cut into slices and a cup of apple juice. It’s a great variation. Also good with brats instead of polish sausage.

  14. I have this in the crockpot right now. Thank you for the recipe. ( I’m making it just like you wrote, not sure why people feel the need to post how they changed it on YOUR site) Have a great day :)

  15. Just leave them out, Jennifer.

  16. Put a couple Tablespooncs of brown sugar in…it will cut a bit of he sauerkraut taster if you don’t like it so strong.

  17. Love this recipe Judy…and all your other recipes I’ve seen and saved into my recipe folder!!! I also learned a different version from a sailor friend’s sailor dad back in the early 1970’s. Only omit the sauerkraut and add a quartered onion, some celery (cut in about 3” slivers), sliced carrots and potatoes, butter, and cut the Polish sausage (or your choice of sausage) into bite size pieces, then add enough beer to cover over all of it in a foil lined roaster. Your choice of seasonings. Cover all of it with the foil then put the lid on. Bake at 350º for about an hour or until the vegetables are done. The alcohol cooks out and flavors everything like you won’t believe!!! I usually fix this for a new year’s special dinner when family comes over and sometimes a few extra times during the year. This sounds very much like a Pot Roast doesn’t it? Only use the Polish Sausage instead of a Roast. Try it…you’ll like it, I guarantee!!


  18. rinse sauerkraut first, taste much better and for those that do not like it they may find that it is not so bad, I grew up on this meal

  19. looks real good I will have to try this

  20. I love this recipe..also love your website,look forward to all your great recipes!!!

  21. you are my husbands new best friend:)

  22. What is the best not so spicy sausage? This really brings back childhood memories…German grandma..♥I think she made it with the hocks and ham…..

  23. Very similar to a recipe I’ve made over the years.
    Basically a good ole’ German dish.
    Only cook pork hocks, then add the potatoes, saur kraut, even a little onion. Try putting in quarted apples on top with skins on still. Boy your in for a treat.

  24. We grew upon this dish even before crockpot was invented…but….Grandma used Browned country ribs. Still one of my favorites but will try this one as well

  25. looks so yummy, I cant wait to try this!! Thanks…

  26. I would like to make this. But truthfully I don’t know where I would find Polish Sausage…I’ve see Keilbasa and prepackaged….is that what you use? Or is it in the meat department? Maybe its a regional thing why I cannot find it here. Suggestions? Brands, etc.?

  27. Can i used precooked?

  28. is the sausage precooked or not?

  29. […] been craving this dish like crazy lately and when I saw it on The Southern Lady Cooks! website (found through Pinterest), I couldn’t resist the craving anymore. Out to the store I […]

  30. What great timing! Just recieved my order of Smoked Sausges form a smokehouse in New Braunfels TX! Making this tomorrow!

  31. I have made a stir fry, Sausage sliced, Suate with green onions or reg onions. sliced carrots , small red potatoes sliced, Peas and shredded cabbage, I use a combination of olive oil and butter, add almonds and salt and peppers, We like it and it is healthy. The saurkraut recipe is one I grew up on a family favorite,

  32. This looks so good,to me.not much for caraway seeds ,but will try. That apple suggestion sounds good too.

  33. Hi Judy !! Loving your recipes !! We are going to try this one tonight ! Every single one of your recipes I have tried, my hubby gives it 5 stars and wants to have it again !


  34. Hi Judy,

    I so enjoy your website.

    Just prepared this easy recipe & turned the old crock pot on high. So around 6:30 tonight, we wil find out how yummy this is. It looks like a keeper so far. Thanks :)

  35. Hi Judy, I Love this recipe, I have made something similar for years. I use Keilbasa, instead of the polish sausage, though either would be good. I also peel and dice 2 Apples, & add 1 T. of Brown Sugar, in place of the water, I use 1 Cup Apple Juice. Our Family Loves this..

  36. I make a very similar recipe but I add a can of beer instead of the water. Yummy!n and of course the alcohol cooks off.

  37. Hi Judy, I cooked this today and it tasted good! My family like it, especially my elder gal! She loves the soft and tender sausages and the sauce. ;)
    Tks for sharing your great recipe! I’ll be trying out other of your recipes in future, :D

  38. I’ve been looking at this recipe since you posted it, and I finally made it today. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? This is the BEST dinner I’ve made in a long time! It was yummy. I added a little salt and garlic powder, it was heavenly! Thank you!

  39. I’ll be trying this one-yum-and easy too!

  40. Looks so good. Love this.

  41. Happy Halloween to you and your family, Judy! I love your two new Halloween pics on the top sides, esp that spider, so cute! :D
    This looks really yummy and I guess I’ll have to try this soon! My family loves potatoes so much and could eat it almost everyday! LOL ;P
    What can I use to replace the sauerkraut if I cannot find any here (Singapore)? Is caraway seeds similar cumin seeds and can I use that instead?

  42. What a wonderful meal. That sausage has my name on it.

  43. Hi Judy – How does that saying go??? GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE! I have a very similar recipe ready to post at my blog tomorrow!! lol This IS delicious…a new twist on an old recipe for me. I was tickled to see it here and can vouch for the fact that it’s truly delicious! =)

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