Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup

Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup

 

Don’t leave me yet!  Even if you’re not too sure about the sauerkraut, don’t pass judgment on this Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup yet.

I managed to feed this to my family and everyone ate it.  And they liked it.

I told them it was German soup.  I never mentioned the sauerkraut.  My pickiest eater asked what it was and I told him cabbage.  He thought there was a bit too much of it and picked around it, but he does that with a lot of things.  He liked the rest of the soup though.  It didn’t hurt that I served it with pretzel rolls.

This soup fits perfectly with our Slow Cooker Soup series.  All the ingredients go into the crockpot and that’s it.  Several hours later it’s ready to eat.  It’s hearty, filling and wonderful with pretzel rolls or hot cornbread.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more...]

Swiss Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Sausage

Need a little weeknight comfort food?  This one’s for you then.

This recipe came about when I looked up from my computer and realized it was already 5:30 and I hadn’t started dinner.  (And no, the irony that I’m a food blogger and still have this problem is not lost on me.)

I had a smoked sausage in the fridge and a daughter begging for mac & cheese.  But I didn’t want to make the usual kind.  A rummage through the cheese drawer yielded a block of Swiss and a new recipe came into being.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more...]

Ingredient Spotlight: Hot Dogs & Sausage

We eat a fair amount of hot dogs, brats and smoked sausage during the summer.  They are so quick to throw on the grill and serve with watermelon, corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes or some such.

I don’t have any recipes that involve hot dogs.  I do have some recipes for smoked sausage and Italian sausage:  [Read more...]

Smoked Sausage, Cabbage and Oat Soup

A while back I shared how excited I was to find Quaker Steel Cut Oats at the grocery store.  They are significantly less expensive than the other brand I’ve seen and I like to use them for oatmeal in the slow cooker.

I never imagined I would use them in soup.

But then The Sweets Life linked up a recipe for Scotch Oatmeal Soup for Ingredient Spotlight: Cabbage.  I knew I had to try it.  The oats are kind of like barley.  They add heartiness to the soup.

I modified The Sweets Life recipe a little bit.  Hers doesn’t have any meat in it and I knew I’d get much further serving a soup full of cabbage to my family if I included some meat.  I was right.  They all ate the soup and liked it.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a pot:  [Read more...]

Ingredient Spotlight: Smoked Sausage

We eat smoked sausage on a regular basis.  It’s fast and easy.

To be honest, I usually throw it on the grill and serve it with mac & cheese and broccoli, or corn on the cob and baked beans.  But it’s good added to recipes too.

Here are a few of my recipes that use smoked sausage:  [Read more...]

Pierogies with Smoked Sausage and Gravy

Traditional way to eat pierogies? Not so much. And I wasn’t sure at all that this would be good, but I decided to try it anyway.

The pierogies were the inspiration. Since they have mashed potatoes in them, the gravy seemed like a natural pairing. I wasn’t sure how the smoked sausage would be but it added a little zip of flavor to the other ingredients. The kids loved it and it was quick to fix. You can’t ask for much more than that.
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Smoked Sausage Skillet

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I want to thank Tiffany for letting me guest post for her.  It is an honor!  My name is Dawn Farias and you can find more of what I do online at Dawn by Design.

I was pregnant with my second child when my husband and I moved back to Wichita, KS.  We had lived there once before for a few years, when my husband was fresh out of college.  This time we had no place to move straight into, so an old friend let us stay at her house. She made us this skillet dinner and it’s been a favorite of mine ever since.  I’ve substituted sweet potatoes for her original white ones, but the good memories remain the same.

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Bubble and Squeak

Bubble and Squeak is a traditional English dish.  I found this recipe in the Whole Foods for the Whole Family cookbook.  Some people say the name comes from the sound that it makes while cooking.  The ingredients are simple – cabbage, onions, potatoes and meat.  I used smoked sausage, but you could use another meat. [Read more...]

Easy Jambalaya

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I clipped this recipe out of Southern Living magazine ages ago.  The original recipe calls both for chicken and smoked sausage, but I leave the chicken out.  If you like it very meaty, you might want to double the smoked sausage.

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Calico Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage in the Crockpot

I usually make this on the stove, cooking it all day, but this time I decided to adapt it to the crockpot. It was just as good in the crockpot, maybe better because it’s easier.

Gather up your ingredients:

Calico Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage in the Crockpot

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. smoked sausage – I use turkey because I don’t like all the grease of the regular kind
  • 1 lb. mixed dry beans
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained (I thought it would have been good with a second can)
  • 1 qt. chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Prepare the beans by rinsing them and picking through them to remove any little stones.
  2. Soak them overnight or do a quick soak by covering them with boiling water for and hour or two. Drain them and put them in the crockpot.
  3. Chop the onion, garlic and sausage and add to the crockpot along with the other ingredients.
  4. Pop the lid on and cook on high, at least 5-6 hours. I don’t think you could overcook these.
  5. I serve the soup over brown rice. It’s also good with cornbread.
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This recipe always reminds me of a cat we used to have named Harley Davidson (he had a very loud purr). He didn’t usually eat people food, but he loved the “gravy” part of this soup. RIP, Harley. You were a good cat.

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