About this Recipe
Something about these flavors together brings me back to days on our family farm coming home with my Grandfather from a nature hike learning about wildflowers and trees and little creatures we came across, and then sharing together with my family in this hearty and delicious meal. Now, as a home cook, I have learned that it is a really easy dinner recipe to prepare and is pretty much devoured by anyone who tries it. Even kids seems to mostly like the flavor of sauerkraut .. or else they pick around it and eat the potatoes and sausage.
1. You can use any kind of sausage for this recipe, but lately we have been loving the antibiotic-free turkey sausage from a local butcher.
2. When choosing a butcher or meat, take a look the cleanliness of their operation and make sure you approve.
3. Ask your butcher to tell you about the farm the meat you are buying comes from. We love that our butcher has personally visited the farms that he sells meat from and is comfortable with how the animals are raised and treated. (He also has a lovely Portuguese accent...so it’s fun to get him talking!).
4. You can use any kind of potatoes you have have on hand or like the best.
5. Depending on the type of sauerkraut you choose, you may want to drain and wash the sauerkraut. The brand we are using in this recipe has a delicious juice that is not too sour tasting so we add it. Taste your sauerkraut when you open it and you can determine if you like the taste of the juice or if you prefer to drain it off and wash the sauerkraut.
6. If you are using a Dutch oven, fry the onions on the stove top in the Dutch oven, add the potatoes to the fried onions, add the sauerkraut, gently stir in then place the sausage on top. Cover with the lid and bake.
7. Personally I really enjoy this meal served with a light basic lettuce and tomato salad or this yummy Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe.
8. You can also make this recipe in an Instant Pot! Check out the Instant Pot Sausage Potato and Sauerkraut Recipe here.
Our Opinion of the Best Sausage to Buy:
We don't eat a lot of meat in our family, but when we do, we all agree that it matters to us how the animals are raised. We are from Canada, and so have different labeling definitions than the USA, but we personally follow these rules of thumbs when buying meat. Keep in mind, this recipes uses turkey sausage, so mainly we are talking about poultry in the information below, but it does apply to other farm animals in some cases like the SPCA Certified labeling.
1. As the first option - when possible - buy meat from a local farmer that you know and trust their practices.
2. In Canada, look for either Certified Organic or SPCA Certified Retailers which have much higher standards for animal welfare.
3. In the USA - look for labeling that identifies the humane treatment of animals. We HIGHLY recommend this article where you can read and print a Consumer Guide for Humanely Raised Labels on Animal Products
4. Another great option is from farmers who are part of the Pastured Poultry Farmer Directory. The Pasture Poultry encourages raising the poultry the way you would imagine chickens should be raised, with frequent outdoor activity on green pastures.
4. What about Organic? If you want to understand the differences in even greater detail about the USA poultry industry of organic as compared to pasture poultry, then I highly recommend spending some time on this website with their article explaining Is Pastured Poultry Organic?.
Makes: 8 Servings
2 Tablespoons butter
1 large cooking onion (chopped)
2 (796ml) jars sauerkraut (we used Kuhne brand which is a German product) you can use your favorite *each can is 796mLs
* NOTE - one jar would be enough, but we love sauerkraut and so used 2 jars.
8-10 medium to large russet potatoes (washed, peeled and cut into 2-3 inch cubes)
6-8 precooked turkey sausages (we used a brand from a local butcher, you can choose your favorite sausage
sour cream (optional but tastes great served with the meal)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Have ready a 9X13 baking dish or if you have a big Dutch oven you can use that.
3. In a large skillet, melt the butter on low heat, add the onions and cook for a few minutes over medium heat, stirring, until the onions are transparent and soft.
4. Add the jars of sauerkraut and stir into the onions.
5. Place the chopped potato pieces into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
6. Spread the sauerkraut onion mixture over the potatoes.
7. Chop the sausage into 2 inch chunks and arrange on top.
8. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for one hour.
9. You can precook this meal a day ahead as it gets even tastier when it sits and refrigerate.
10. Reheat at 425 degrees F. for about 30 minutes or until heated throughout.
A nice warm casserole with hearty ingredients is one of the best family friendly meal ideas. There's just something so nourishing about this easy dinner idea with the layers of sauerkraut, potatoes, onions and sausage that will fill you up and make you feel like you're in your happy place. Enjoying good food is a part of a happy life, and bringing in good, solid homemade meals like this will save you on days when you're not in the mood to cook a big elaborate meal.
Want the full benefits of raw sauerkraut?: You can serve the sauerkraut on the side raw in a bowl cold, and it is delicious! Just bake the potatoes and sausage and leave the kraut raw.
How to Buy the Right Sauerkraut? 1) The most beneficial sauerkraut is alive and fermenting, so the best stuff is kept in the fridge. 2) Some of the live stuff is not sold in a jar, but in pouches.3) It should only contain cabbage and salt. 4) It should not contain vinegar, sodium benzoate, sodium bisfulate or sugar.
That's what casseroles are so great for. You can also make this recipe in a Dutch oven if you have one. It's also a great idea to make this meal ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate it so that you can just heat it up when you're ready to enjoy a homemade meal. For the sausage meat in this recipe, you can buy your favourite type of sausage, or you can even make your own if you know how or want to learn. That way you could have all of the seasonings you like in your sausage meat. There are also vegetarian and vegan sausages with no meat in them at all which are also a really tasty option for those who don't eat meat.