25 Ways to Use Sauerkraut

By: Contributor

Oktoberfest in Germany may have ended, but you can keep the celebrations going all month long.

Sauerkraut, a traditional German fermented cabbage, isn’t just a delicious hot dog topping or stuffing for Reuben sandwiches. It contains probiotics (those same ones found in yogurt), which help maintain healthy stomach functions, so eat up!

Break out a beer stein and your lederhosen to prepare these delicious sauerkraut-stuffed dishes.

Midnight Mini Reubens as seen on Cooking Channel's The Alie & Georgia Show, Season 1.

Photo by: Jeremiah Alley ©2013, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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The Top Dog UC Berkley

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Triple Play Reuben University of Michigan

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  • Boil brats in beer and then crisp them up on the grill before serving with a reduced beer sauce, mustard and sauerkraut on rye for Naffke Beer Brats.
  • Make Dubliner Steamed Mussels for a simple, yet elegant dinner; steam and serve mussels and fingerling potatoes in a beer-sauerkraut broth.
  • Sauteed Duck Breast is served with apples and sauerkraut for a fall meal. Don’t be intimidated by duck; score the fat, then sear fat-side down and finish cooking it in the oven. Save any excess duck fat for other uses like duck fat fries.
  • Fry Montasio, a creamy Italian cheese, and stuff with sauerkraut, chopped pickles and shredded chicken to make savory Crisp Cheese Cookies.
  • The Triple Play Reuben is stacked high with corned beef, pastrami, Swiss and Jarlsberg on rye. The key to this amazing sandwich is making your own Thousand Island dressing with ketchup, mayo and chopped pickles.

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