This recipe works with just about any kind of sausage (except super-spicy ones, which would be overpowering alongside the tangy sauerkraut). It's fine without the wine too: the sausages won't be as shiny, but they'll still taste good.
2 tablespoons plus 1 tsp. olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
2 cups sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
4 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-in. chunks
3 dried bay leaves (not California)
3 tablespoons butter
8 ounces watercress or arugula leaves
4 knockwurst, bratwurst, bockwurst, kielbasa, or poultry or seafood sausages
1/2 cup dry Riesling or other dry white wine
How to Make It
Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and caraway seeds; cook until onion softens, 10 to 15 minutes. Add sauerkraut, lower heat to medium-low, and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Scoop into a bowl; cover. Wipe pan clean.
Put potatoes and bay leaves in a medium pot and add just enough water to cover, plus salt to taste. Bring to a boil, then simmer until potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain potatoes (reserve 1/2 cup of water). Return to pot. Stir in butter, cooking water, and watercress. Set aside, covered.
Pour 1 tsp. oil into pan and cook sausages over medium heat, covered, until cooked through, 10 to 20 minutes. Pour in wine and cook, turning sausages, until wine evaporates. Serve with kraut and potatoes.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
To brown the sausages on their narrower sides, it helps to stack them against one another in the pan--that way they don't fall over. You can easily double this recipe.
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This is a very easy, good dish and reminds my husband of food he used to eat as a child in Detroit. I've made it three or so times always with chicken Kielbasa and good results. It is important to buy young, good potatoes, boil them gently and make sure to not overcook them; they won't be good if they are not firm. The watercress really makes the recipe work.
Saurkraut was very good, sausages were just okay - I couldn't see a difference between cooking them in the wine and the way I normally pan fry them with just oil. The potatoes were downright gross. After being boiled for 15 minutes they literally fell apart (didn't stay in nice cubes like the photo). And 1/2 cup of reserved cooking water was WAY too much. They were so watery and unappealing to look at. I would rather have roasted potatoes or regular mashed potatoes anyday.
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