Summer is drawing to a close and people across the country are dusting off their beer steins and preparing their favorite Sausage and Kraut recipes, eager for some festive fun. That’s right – it’s time to celebrating German heritage with some tantalizing Oktoberfest recipes. And what better way to do that than this enticing Sauerkraut dish?

Did you know? Oktoberfest’s roots are actually tied to the wedding celebration of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The first Oktoberfest was held just outside of Munich in 1810.

Americans love an excuse to celebrate good food and beer, and Oktoberfest is now part of American culture with more than 140 celebrations across the United State every year. Sausage and Kraut is easily both an American tradition and a German gift to us. American Oktoberfest gatherings feature traditional German musicians, Marzen beers, German sausages…and would not be complete without a good Sauerkraut recipe. Which is what brings us to today’s recipe, of course, courtesy of Great Lakes Kraut.

Savory Sausage and Kraut Skillet

Savory Sausage and Kraut Skillet

Savory Sausage and Kraut Skillet


  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and grated
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. caraway seeds
  • 12 small red potatoes, cleaned
  • 1 1/2 cups Krrrrisp KrautĀ® Sauerkraut
  • 1 lb. smoked beef sausage or kielbasa


Cut sausage into 3-inch pieces. Melt butter in skillet; add onion and green pepper and cook until tender. Add apple, brown sugar, caraway seeds, potatoes, and Sauerkraut; mix well. Place sausage on top of Sauerkraut mixture. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 30 minutes.

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