Easy Choucroute Recipe for a Hearty Meal

Enjoy a taste of Alsace with this Choucroute Garnie recipe, featuring sauerkraut, sausages, and other meats. Perfect for a hearty winter meal.

Choucroute is a classic Alsatian dish that is made with sauerkraut and various types of meats, such as sausages, pork, and bacon. This hearty and flavorful dish is perfect for a cozy winter evening and is a staple in French and German cuisine. While it may seem complicated, this recipe is easy to follow and will yield a delicious and authentic Choucroute.


  • 2 pounds sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound smoked pork chops
  • 1 pound smoked sausage
  • 1 pound frankfurters
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cut into small pieces
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Crusty bread and mustard, for serving


  1. In a large Dutch oven, sauté the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the pot and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the sauerkraut, white wine, chicken broth, tomato paste, Dijon mustard, caraway seeds, bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add the smoked pork chops and sausage to the pot and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 1 hour.
  6. Add the frankfurters to the pot and continue to simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the bay leaf and discard.
  8. Serve with crusty bread, mustard, and crispy bacon on top.
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Tips and Tricks:

  • Be sure to use high-quality sausages and pork for the best flavor.
  • Drain and rinse the sauerkraut to remove excess salt.
  • Use a Dutch oven or heavy pot for even cooking.


  • Add potatoes to the pot for a heartier meal.
  • Use different types of sausages or meats for different flavors.

Choucroute is a classic Alsatian dish that is perfect for a cozy winter evening. This recipe is easy to follow and yields a delicious and authentic Choucroute. Serve with crusty bread and mustard for the ultimate French and German dining experience.

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