Growing up, I believed everyone had a deep and abiding love for sauerkraut like I did. (I guess it’s kind of a given when you’re raised in a Polish family.) It wasn’t until much later in life, namely when it came to my own kids, that I realized sauerkraut was definitely an acquired taste.
So, I make a concentrated effort to insure that they actually acquire that taste someday. It hasn’t worked with our 10 year old or 5 year old just yet, but the 4 and 3 year olds practically licked their plates clean when I served this dinner. I suppose a 50% success rate isn’t too bad. Although I am determined to see that percentage hit 100 someday.
For the Sausage & Sauerkraut Skillet Dinner, I cut the bitterness of the sauerkraut with some brown sugar, which also provided a nice caramelization of the sausage. It still tasted traditional, just with less of a bite.
Sausage & Sauerkraut Skillet Dinner
- 5 tbsp butter or margarine
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 1 lb smoked or Polish sausage, sliced
- 1/2 lb carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1 15 oz can sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup black pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Melt the butter or margarine in a large skillet. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add the sausage and carrots and cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Stir in remaining ingredients and cook for 5 minutes. Serve immediately or cover and simmer over low heat until dinner time.