Sauerkraut is a staple for many fermenting foodies… and it’s an easy way to get a dose of probiotics. But eventually, even the most enthusiastic kraut-heads get tired of adding a few forks full of sauerkraut to every meal. Here is a round-up of 16 delicious ways to serve sauerkraut.
Heating sauerkraut above 104 F (40 C) will kill some of the probiotic bacteria. If probiotics are really important to you, then avoid recipes that involve cooking the kraut. However, throwing a few forkfuls of sauerkraut in a hot bowl of soup is just as delicious and will preserve most of the probiotic cultures.
Soups and Stews
- Sauerkraut soup: One of my favorite ways to serve sauerkraut is in soup. I created this sauerkraut soup based on a traditional Eastern European recipe. It’s the ultimate comfort food at my house. So it definitely deserves to be first on my list!
- Creamy soups: I was served cream of cauliflower soup with a dollop of spicy sauerkraut when visiting with a fellow fermentation enthusiast. After spending the whole day traveling, the soup really hit the spot.
- Flavorful soups: Most soups are improved by a forkful of sauerkraut. It’s perfect for adding freshness and flavor. For example, the photo above is of my sweet potato and peanut butter soup.
- Curries: A dollop of fermented cabbage is a delicious way to add a bit of freshness to a mung bean curry.
- Stews: Adding sauerkraut to a traditional meat stew provides a nice contrast to the rich flavor.
- Pierogies love to be served up next to a side of sauerkraut. They can also be stuffed with sauerkraut!
- Pupusas are a stuffed corn tortilla that is traditionally served with a spiced sauerkraut-like topping called curtido.
- Tacos, burritos and nachos: Curtido is also delicious on tacos and burritos. One of the trendy restaurants in my city even serves it on their nachos!
- Buddha bowl: A Buddha bowl, grain bowl, glory bowl, etc. are ideal for serving sauerkraut. Just add a forkful for a dose of probiotics.
- Potato Salad: Adding a few forkfuls of sauerkraut to potato salad is absolutely delicious. It adds a tangy, flavorful element that complements the creaminess of potatoes. Best of all, potatoes are prebiotic. So this potato salad is perfect for gut health!
Burgers and Sandwiches
- Reuben sandwiches are a classic way to serve sauerkraut. Whether you make a traditional sandwich or a vegan version, it’s sure to be a favorite.
- Grilled cheese: Adding a forkful of sauerkraut to a grilled cheese sandwich adds a burst of flavor that perfectly compliments the cheese.
- Hot dogs and sausages: Sauekraut and spicy mustard are classic toppings for hot dogs and sausages. Or if that’s too classic for you, then try serving hot dogs with kimchi instead!
- Hamburgers: Why not serve sauerkraut on a hamburger? It’s perfect with the classic condiment mix of ketchup and mayo.
- Quick fried sauerkraut: Serving fried sauerkraut with sausages and eggs is actually quite traditional. It’s also a delicious addition to a big breakfast fry-up.
- Latkes: Adding sauerkraut to a potato latke packs in a whole bunch of flavor.