Sauerkraut & Mushrooms is often one of the dishes for Wigilia (Christmas Eve) when meat is not eaten.
1 large jar of sauerkraut – around 800 – 900g.
20 – 30g of dried mushrooms
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 onion – finely chopped
2-3 tablespoons of plain flour
Butter or oil for frying the onion
Ground black pepper
*The acidity of sauerkraut varies very much and homemade is often not as acid.
*Rinsing bottled sauerkraut before use will lower the acidity.
*The amount of sugar you add to the dish is a personal preference – if rinsed 1 tablespoon should be enough – if not rinsed you might need around 3 tablespoons.
The evening before you want to make this dish place the dried mushrooms in a small bowl and cover them with boiling water and leave them overnight.
Cut the reconstituted mushrooms into strips.
Put the strips and the liquor into a saucepan and simmer them for around 5 minutes.
Drain the sauerkraut and keep the liquid (you might want to use it to adjust the acidity of the dish).
Rinse the sauerkraut with cold water.
Place the sauerkraut in a large saucepan and pour boiling water over it until it just covers it.
Add the sugar.
Bring to the boil and then cover the saucepan with a lid and let it gently simmer for around 10 minutes.
Add the mushrooms to the sauerkraut and mix together.
Continue heating either gently on top of the stove or put the pan with the lid into a low to medium oven.
Cook until the sauerkraut is soft.
Fry the onions until they are golden.
Sprinkle the flour over the onions and heat gently to brown the flour.
Add spoonfuls of liquid from the sauerkraut mixture to the onion mix.
Stir and heat to form a thickening roux/paste.
Add this to the sauerkraut mixture and mix throughly .
You can then serve this straight away or put it back in the oven for around 5 minutes.
Sprinkle ground black pepper on the top before serving.
Served here in Carnation by Royal Doulton, 1982 – 1998.
Serve with rye bread or boiled potatoes and hot roast pork or cooked Polish sausages.
For Wigilia (Christmas Eve ) this would just be served as a seperate dish.