German Dinner in the Slow Cooker

German Dinner in the Slow Cooker

2 rings smoked sausage, sliced into 3 inch pieces
2 pounds sauerkraut
8 to 12 red potatoes, washed and halved or quartered depending on the size
1 onion sliced
6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 apples, cored and sliced
2 bottles (12 ounces) beer
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon caraway seeds (optional)

Place potatoes in slow cooker. Next add onion, apples, kraut, and bacon. Place sausage on top. Pour in beer, brown sugar and caraway seeds. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or on high for 2 to 3 hours or until the potatoes are tender.

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    February 6th, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    I love this recipe. I don’t drink beer so I put in chicken stock. My crockpot doesn’t fit the whole recipe so I put in everything but the smoked sausage. I brown the smoked sausage and add later on in the cooking process when there is more room. I used Granny Smith apples.

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    Judy Eickert

    September 27th, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    This is one of my favorite recipes from your second cookbook. The apples are a tasty surprise with the kraut. Can’t wait for your next cookbook.

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    December 1st, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Made this recipe last night for our small group meeting from church. I browned 1/2 of the onion with the bacon and – at the suggestion of my husband – browned the sausage. Everyone loved it – except the one man who won’t eat sauerkraut (his wife brought a separate meal for him). ;D

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    October 18th, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    I make this yesterday and it is delicious. The apple gives it a little sweetness with the sauerkraut. Next time I will put an extra apple in it. Love your recipes.

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    October 15th, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    we made this dish the family enjoyed
    it very much

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    October 12th, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    I am making it right now! I used Miller beer because that was what I had at home. Next time I will try Heineken;)
    Can you skip brown sugar? If you don’t have it, is it OK to use regular sugar?
    I rinsed my sauerkraut because it had a really strong taste.
    Can’t wait to try it!?

    Oh, are you supposed to stir it?

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      Amy Hanten

      October 12th, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      Hi Meggie,

      Yes, you can skip the brown sugar if you want. Stir it after it’s done. Enjoy!


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    Barbara Hawkins

    October 12th, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    I may have to use something else instead of beer. I think it will be hard to get my husband to part with 2 bottles of beer !!

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      Amy Hanten

      October 12th, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      You can use a little apple juice mixed with water instead of beer. Chicken stock also works well.


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    October 12th, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    This sounds very good. I’m going to try it. Thank you! :-)
    For those wanting a substitute for the beer. I am a celiac (wheat allergy) and I usually use an inexpensive white wine or tomato juice for stew & chili recipes calling for beer. You could also use white grape juice or unsweetened apple juice. Individual pallet and the recipe will dictate the choice. Have fun with it! There are GF beers but they’re pricey.

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    October 11th, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Going to make this today. Can Bavarian kraut be used?

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    Brenda P

    September 4th, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    What can you use instead of the beer? Also can you clarify the sausage because you have that listed twice for the ingredients.

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    Tara Pena

    September 4th, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    What could you use in place of the beer?

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    Debbie Knapp

    January 8th, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    WONDERFUL!!!!!! My husband was skeptical when I told him about this recipe, but he just put down 2 helpings and is still saying how good it was! We are going to try adding other veggies to it (carrots, rutabagas).

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      Amy Hanten

      January 8th, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      I’m so glad you liked it, Debbie! -Amy

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    sue clark

    October 12th, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    what kind of beer is best to use?

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      Amy Hanten

      October 12th, 2011 at 4:34 PM

      You can use any kind of beer. German beer would be nice but I just use the cheap stuff.

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    sue clark

    October 12th, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    what are the best apples to use? can bavarian sauerkraut be used?

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      Amy Hanten

      October 12th, 2011 at 4:35 PM

      Whatever you have. I like to use crisper apples, rather than the baking ones.

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    Lara Roehl

    October 6th, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    I didn’t drain my kraut, and I added a whole lot more potatoes and it is ABSOLUTELY SCRUMPTIOUS!!!

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    Rose Minar

    September 30th, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Should kraut be washed and drained?

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      Amy Hanten

      October 1st, 2011 at 6:01 AM

      Just drained, no need to rinse it unless you want to. Enjoy!

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