Sauerkraut and Ham


**Updated Jan 31, 2016** I can't believe I forgot to share this one with you! Well, it actually may be better now since it's rather chilly across most of the US. One of my very favorite winter meals is the classic, Sauerkraut and Ham. I pulled together this oh-so-simple recipe for New Year's Day (cabbage and pork is thought to be a lucky meal) and originally shared it over on Want2Dish Frederick. It's got all of seven ingredients and one of them is hard apple cider. :-) Pour yourself a glass while you're waiting for this easy and hearty meal to come together.

Sauerkraut with Apples and Ham
Author: Sarah Rae
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1-2 Honey Crisp Apples, diced
  • 2 generous cups diced ham
  • 25 ounces sauerkraut, drained (about 3 generous cups)
  • 1/2 cup hard apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  1. In a dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Once melted, add the onions to the pot.
  3. Cook until slightly golden, stirring every so often.
  4. Add in the ham and let it heat up a bit.
  5. Add the hard cider and scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  6. Pour in the sauerkraut, apples and brown sugar and mix well.
  7. Let the liquid come to a boil and then reduce heat a bit and simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring ever so often.

Check out the time I made sauerkraut for a backyard beer garden here. Sauerkraut and Ham

If you feel like you need something a little more substantial, roast a few fingerling potatoes to serve on the side.

How are you keeping warm these days?