Cooked Sauerkraut Lithuanian style

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This is delicious sour side dish pairs with any kind of meat. It is very popular in Lithuania and many other Eastern European countries. Let me show you how it used to be made in our house since I remember. You can use fresh sauerkraut or good quality (without vinegar) German sauerkraut form jars. Sauerkraut has lots of acid so it takes a long time to cook (1 hour). Let me show you how I make it.

Cooked Sauerkraut Lithuanian style

Recipe by Sweet ZivileCourse: SidesCuisine: LithuanianDifficulty: Easy


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  • 4 cups of fresh sauerkraut or 2 jars (28 oz. each) of German sauerkraut

  • 1 tbsp of caraway seeds if sauerkraut doesn’t have it already

  • 1 medium carrot, if sauerkraut doesn’t have it already

  • 4 tbsp. of vegetable oil

  • 2 cups of water

  • 1-2 tsp. of sugar, if needed, optional

Let’s make it

  • Preheat the large skillet with the oil.
  • Squeeze the sauerkraut from the juice and add it to the skillet.
  • Cook on the high heat until you get a good amount of browning spots. Add caraway seeds.
  • Add shredded carrot.
  • Add water just above the sauerkraut top, cover with the lid and cook it on a medium low heat for 55-60 min until water evaporates and sauerkraut is cooked. Try it. If it’s feel like too sour, add 1-2 tsp. of sugar.
  • Serve it as a side dish with ham or any other your favorite dish.
  • Enjoy!

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