Oktoberfest as we all know is a German celebration, famous for dancing, beer drinking, music and most of all FOOD!
Germany is a sausage mecca of a country.
Sausage (kielbasa, in this case) is most definitely a highlight of any Oktoberfest celebrations. This Polish delicacy, accompanied with a little bit of German ingenuity, yields one delicious sausage dish worthy of celebration.
Kielbasa & Sauerkraut: (Serves 12)
4 – Links of Polish Kielbasa in casing.
2 – Bottles Löwenbräu Beer
2 – Medium Yellow Onion (sliced thin)
4- teaspoons – Caraway Seeds
1 – Tbsp of Flour
Salt / Pepper – to taste
4- Tbsp of Sugar
1 cup – Beet Horseradish ( can be found in most supermarkets and gourmet food stores)
2 packages of Sauerkraut ( drained and rinsed off in a colander)
- Steam the Kielbasa with a bottle of Löwenbräu beer in a sauce pan for 10-15 minutes, slightly covered with a lid.
- Remove the sausages and reserve.
- Drain the Sauerkraut and add to the pan that you removed the Kelbasa from.
- Add yellow onion slices, the caraway seeds, splash of beer to keep moist (if needed), the sugar, along with the salt and pepper to taste.
- Stir all ingredients well and let the sauerkraut cook, uncovered, over a medium-low flame for 15 -20 minutes, adding a little beer from time to time if the mixture becomes too dry. We are looking for a moist, but not soggy, sauerkraut.
- Next, brown kielbasa on the grill or cast iron frying pan. Baste with some more Löwenbräu from time to time to glaze.
- Once the kielbasa is nicely colored and glazed, remove from the grill or pan.
- Now finish the sauerkraut. Add the flour to sauerkraut to thicken the juices, if necessary, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
- Place the kielbasa on top, heat through and serve immediately with Beet Horseradish on the side .
The beet horseradish can be substituted for a spicy German-style mustard, but before substituting I suggest giving it a try. It add a nice touch to the recipe.
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