Oh, readers. It isn’t that I haven’t been cooking. Nor is it that I’ve been making such tantalizing, delicious recipes I can’t bring myself to share them with you. No, since I decided to begin my project of cooking through all of my saved and marked recipes, and organizing them, I’ve come across a lot of stinkers. I made enough bad dinners that S. gently recommended that perhaps I stop trying my internet recipes and instead turn my attention to those recipes clipped from newspapers or marked in cookbooks because obviously internet recipes are not to be trusted. But after all, I have a system and I didn’t want to sacrifice the system and so I ate a lot of crap to bring you this deliciousness. (In other news, I’ve determined I just don’t like red or green curries. I tried multiple recipes and every single one was a dud. I actually think I only really like yellow curries and then, only when S. makes them. I’m giving up on trying to become a curry person.)
A couple years ago I signed up for the website spark people.com – I guess I did so because I heard it was a very helpful tool in the weight loss arena but I never ended up participating in the site – it just didn’t appeal to me enough to engage with, I guess. But I do still receive emails from the site and I do have to say the site recommends some excellent exercises and yummy-sounding recipes. On Tuesday I decided to try my hand at a recipe that had been sitting in my in-box for quite some time – Polish Kraut and apples. It’s a recipe for the crock pot, and those can be fairly hit or miss, but the recipe sounded wonderful for a chilly evening. Seasonal purists beware – I realize apples aren’t in season – I made the dish, anyway. That said, S. and I both agreed from now on this would probably be a fall dish, especially appropriate for football Sundays when you want something delicious and easy. The ingredients are easy and things I often have on hand, so it’s a nice, easy option. And since the recipe came from sparkpeople, it’s healthy-ish. And did I mention, delicious? And vitamin-C packed? And a hit with my husband, who is suffering through a terrible head cold? He ate two servings.
Without further ado, I bring you just the second recipe good enough to make it into my official recipe box, joining Scallops that make the Sky go Boom, Polist Kraut and Apples:
Polish Kraut ‘n Apples
1 lb fresh or canned sauerkraut
1 lb lean smoked Polish sausage
3 tart cooking apples — thickly sliced
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp caraway seeds — (optional)
3/4 cup apple juice or cider
Rinse sauerkraut and squeeze dry.
Place half of the sauerkraut in slow cooker.
Cut sausage into 2 inch lengths. Place in slow cooker. Continue to layer in slow cooker, in order, apples, brown sugar, salt, pepper and if desired caraway seeds.
Top with remaining sauerkraut.
Add apple juice. DO NOT STIR.
Cover and cook for 3 to 3-1/2 hours or on low for 6 to 7 hours or until apples are tender.
Stir before serving.