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Sauerkraut Soup

Posted: January 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

Happy New 2013 to all of you! I hope you celebrated exactly the way you wanted to, be it in the middle of a huge crowd outside watching the fireworks or just with your loved ones – or anything in-between. I had a blast celebrating with friends over raclette and chocolate fondue. No, I didn’t take any pictures, probably precisely because I was having such a great time.

Can I share a (not so well kept) secret with you? Yes? I’m not a huge fan of sauerkraut. I know, I know… the travesty! I used to joke that I’m a rather poor at this whole being German thing, what with not liking sauerkraut, sausages, or beer. For what it’s worth, I’ve definitely overcome my dislike for beer (and I’m doing my best to make up for all the things I missed out on.) When it comes to food, however, I’ll happily take Mac & Cheese or a serving of Poutine over fermented cabbage. I do have to say, though, that the soup my Dad cooked up over Christmas was an eye-opener. Maybe it’s the combination with beef and bacon or the fact that soups are just damn great in winter, but I devoured this concoction. It’s best eaten steaming hot in front of the fire place. In case you were wondering.


Sauerkraut Soup
(serves 4)


250 g onions
1 garlic clove
50 g bacon
1 tablespoon oil
250 g ground beef
1 l beef stock
0.5 cup cream
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon paprika
salt & pepper
250 g sauerkraut
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 cup brandy
cayenne pepper
1/4 cup heavy cream

Peel and finely chop onions and garlic. Dice bacon. Fry onions and garlic in a pot until lightly browned, add bacon.
Add ground beef and fry for 10 minutes, breaking down any chunks of meat with a wooden spoon. Add beef stock, cream, tomato paste and paprika and cook for 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
Chop sauerkraut and fry it in a greased pan for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sauerkraut to the soup and season with sugar, brandy and cayenne pepper.
Add cream to the soup and serve.


(Oh man, the joys of using someone else’s camera. And of being too nearsighted to see anything when you take pictures. Sorry about the poor quality.)