Recipe for Kielbasa Sauerkraut and Potatoes

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Kielbasa Sauerkraut and Potatoes is an easy one-dish recipe to make for your family as a weeknight dinner. Flavored with onion, garlic, thyme, and sage, it’s quite satisfying. And did I mention how easy it is to prepare? Make this dinner in under 45 minutes by par cooking the potatoes in the microwave before adding them to the skillet. Be sure to add this one to your favorite German or Polish recipes.

This Dish could be called Kielbasa Kapusta - Polish Kapusta

This is one of my go-to dinners when I’ve had a long day and want something quick and easy to put together. And yet, it’s still very satisfying. If desired, add a green salad and some sliced bread for a well-rounded meal.  

When buying ingredients, look for your favorite kielbasa and sauerkraut. I like to buy beef kielbasa, and German sauerkraut from Aldi Grocery store. In my opinion, it’s nearly as good as homemade. You may substitute bratwurst for the kielbasa for an even more flavorful dish.

This recipe could easily pass for a Polish dish called Kielbasa Kapusta. The Polish word kapusta means cabbage. An online search of the word showed that this could be stewed cabbage, sauerkraut, or even a combination of the two.

 

 

Ingredients for Kielbasa Sauerkraut and Potatoes

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  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • kielbasa (or bratwurst)
  • medium yellow potatoes
  • sweet onion
  • garlic cloves
  • thyme (fresh or dried)
  • ground sage
  • sauerkraut, drained
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh thyme for garnishing

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

 

Prepare the Ingredients

Using a knife and cutting board, slice the kielbasa into 1/2″ pieces.

I often cut the sausage in half lengthwise before making the slices to help this dish go a little bit further and to ensure everyone gets plenty of meat in their serving portion.

Leaving the peel on, dice the golden potatoes into small cubes. Place on a plate and pour 2 tablespoons of water over them. Heat in the microwave for 3-5 minutes until the potatoes are partially cooked. You may also substitute red potatoes for the yellow.

Par cooking the potatoes helps make this dish even faster to prepare, as the potatoes won’t need as long to cook in the skillet. I try to do this step whenever I’m frying potatoes. See this sweet and sour recipe for Kielbasa Potato Skillet Dinner, which is another family favorite. 

Prepare the Ingredients

Dice the sweet onion. Mince the garlic, or for an even easier option, use jarred minced garlic.

Drain the sauerkraut.

 

Make this Easy Skillet Dinner

In a large cast iron skillet, cook the kielbasa in extra-virgin olive oil until lightly browned on each side. Once browned, add in the partially cooked cubed potatoes. Fry in the hot oil until light golden brown, stirring often, for about 7-10 minutes. If necessary, add more oil as needed.

Add Onions, Garlic, and Seasonings to the Kielbasa and Potatoes

Stir in the prepared sweet onion and minced garlic, along with the thyme and dried sage until incorporated. Cook for another 3-5 minutes on medium-low heat. 

Add Sauerkraut to the Dish

Next add the drained sauerkraut and cook for another 10 minutes until heated through. Stir once or twice. Season lightly with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with fresh thyme, if desired.

Serve Kielbasa Dish on Pretty Dishes like Blue Willow and Garnish with Fresh Thyme

This recipe will serve 4-6 people. Serve with a fresh salad and sliced bread, if desired.

See more Main Dishes Here. Browse Weeknight Dinners Here. View more German/Polish Dishes Here.  

 

Recipe for Kielbasa Sauerkraut and Potatoes

Kielbasa Sauerkraut and Potatoes

Kielbasa Sauerkraut and Potatoes is an easy one-dish recipe to make for your family as a weeknight dinner. Flavored with onion, garlic, thyme, and sage, it’s quite satisfying. Be sure to add this one to your favorite German or Polish recipes.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Serving Size 6

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Ingredients 

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 oz kielbasa (or bratwurst)
  • 4 medium Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 cup sweet onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme (dried or 1 tablespoons chopped fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 14 oz sauerkraut (drained)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh thyme for garnishing

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Prepare the Ingredients

  • Using a knife and cutting board, slice the kielbasa into 1/2" pieces.
  • Leaving the peel on, dice the golden potatoes into small cubes. Place on a plate and pour 2 tablespoons of water over them. Par cook in the microwave for 3-5 minutes until the potatoes are slightly cooked in the center.
  • Dice the sweet onion. Mince the garlic, or use jarred minced garlic.

Make the Skillet Dinner

  • In a large cast iron skillet, cook the kielbasa in extra-virgin olive oil until lightly browned on each side. Once browned, add in the partially cooked cubed potatoes. Fry in the hot oil until light golden brown, stirring often, for about 7-10 minutes. If necessary, add more oil as needed.
  • Stir in the prepared sweet onion and minced garlic, along with the thyme and dried sage until incorporated. Cook for another 3-5 minutes on medium-low heat.
  • Now add the drained sauerkraut and cook for another 10 minutes until heated through. Stir once or twice. Season lightly with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with fresh thyme.
  • This recipe will serve 4-6 people. Serve with a fresh salad and sliced bread, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 1137mg | Potassium: 764mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg

 

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! My mom used to make something just like this when I was little. My kids love it now as much as I did then. Thank you!

    1. Hi Mary Catherine! Thank you for stopping by. I’m so glad that you and your family are enjoying this Kielbasa recipe. It’s so easy to make and yummy, too!

  2. 5 stars
    made this tonight for me and my boys!!! This was a fantastic meal!! Ravings from all 3 of my boys and me!!! A must to add to your recipe file!!

    1. Thanks so much for leaving a review, Elizabeth. I’m delighted that you and your family enjoyed this simple recipe. We love it at our house. So easy and yummy!