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Lazy-girl Sauerkraut

Lazy-girl Sauerkraut

Serves 6 

Try it with Oven-roasted Sausages with Riesling, Apples and Pears!



1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 slices bacon, about 2 ounces
1 large yellow onion, chopped
6 juniper berries, coarsely crushed
¼ teaspoon caraway seeds, coarsely crushed
1 cup dry to semi-dry Riesling or Gerurztraminer
1 cup chicken stock
1 jar prepared sauerkraut, 32 ounces
1 small head of cabbage, quartered, cored and thinly sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a large heavy soup pot, warm the butter over medium heat.  Add the bacon, onions, juniper berries and caraway seeds and cook until the onions are soft and the bacon just beings to take on some color, 10 minutes.  Add the wine, chicken stock, sauerkraut and cabbage and cook covered, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is very soft, 1 ½ hours.  Season with salt and pepper as needed.