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Wine-Glazed Sausages with Watercress Potatoes and Sauerkraut

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.

Sunset NOVEMBER 2011

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Total: 1 Hour


  • 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)
  • Kosher salt
  • 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


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 856
  • Calories from fat: 66%
  • Protein: 27g
  • Fat: 63g
  • Saturated fat: 22g
  • Carbohydrate: 44g
  • Fiber: 5.1g
  • Sodium: 1794mg
  • Cholesterol: 135mg

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Wine-Glazed Sausages with Watercress Potatoes and Sauerkraut Recipe