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Crock-Pot Polish sausage, Sauerkraut and potatoes

Crock-Pot Polish sausage, Sauerkraut and potatoes

One-Pot Comfort: Slow Cooker Sausage and Sauerkraut with Potatoes

Calling all comfort food lovers! This recipe is a true winner for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. Packed with savory sauerkraut, hearty potatoes, and flavorful sausage, all simmered together in a slow cooker, this dish practically cooks itself! It's a simple and satisfying meal that requires minimal effort, yet delivers big on flavor.


  • For the Base:

    • 2 (14-ounce) cans sauerkraut, undrained (or 1 (2-pound) bag of sauerkraut)
    • 5 or 6 large potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
    • 1 cup water
  • For the Savory Additions:

    • 1 pound Polish sausage, cut into chunks (smoked sausage can be used as well)
    • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
    • 1 bay leaf
    • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Prep and Layer: In your slow cooker, combine the undrained sauerkraut, cubed potatoes, and water. Give it a quick stir to combine the ingredients.

  2. Spice it Up: Sprinkle the caraway seeds, bay leaf, and black pepper over the sauerkraut and potato mixture. Caraway seeds offer a subtle licorice-like flavor that complements the sauerkraut beautifully.

  3. Sausage on Top: Arrange the chopped Polish sausage on top of the sauerkraut and potato mixture. The sausage will slowly release its flavors as it cooks, infusing the entire dish with savory goodness.

  4. Slow Cooker Magic: Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 6 hours, or until the potatoes are tender. The low and slow cooking allows the flavors to meld and develop for a truly delicious result.

  5. Serve and Enjoy!: Once the cooking time is complete, turn off the slow cooker and remove the bay leaf. Serve the sausage, sauerkraut, and tender potatoes directly from the slow cooker, spooning the flavorful sauce over everything. Enjoy this hearty and comforting dish with a side of rye bread or mashed potatoes for a complete and satisfying meal!


  • For a richer flavor, you can brown the Polish sausage in a skillet over medium heat before adding it to the slow cooker.
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, you can remove the bay leaf and mash some of the cooked potatoes into the sauerkraut mixture before serving.
  • Feel free to experiment with different types of sausage. Smoked sausage, kielbasa, or even vegetarian sausage would all work well in this recipe.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in a saucepan or microwave until warmed through.