Welcome, fellow food enthusiasts! Today, we're going to explore a comforting and flavorful dish that will quickly become a family favorite—Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Casserole. This hearty meal combines the savory taste of kielbasa with the tangy zest of sauerkraut, all baked to perfection in a casserole. Perfect for a cozy dinner, this dish is sure to impress both novice and experienced home cooks.

Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Casserole


Here's what you'll need to create this delightful casserole:

  • Kielbasa (1 lb) - The star of the show! Opt for high-quality, smoked kielbasa for the best flavor.
  • Sauerkraut (16 oz) - Provides a tangy kick. You can use store-bought or homemade.
  • Potatoes (4 medium) - Adds substance and complements the flavors of kielbasa and sauerkraut.
  • Onion (1 large) - Enhances the overall flavor with its sweetness.
  • Garlic (2 cloves) - Adds depth and aroma.
  • Butter (2 tbsp) - Helps in sautéing the onions and garlic.
  • Caraway seeds (1 tsp) - Optional, but add an authentic touch to the dish.
  • Salt and Pepper - To taste, for seasoning.
  • Chicken Broth (1 cup) - Keep the casserole moist and flavorful.
  • Cheese (1 cup, optional) - For a creamy twist, use shredded Swiss or cheddar cheese.

Variations and Dietary Considerations

  • Vegetarian Option: Substitute kielbasa with plant-based sausage alternatives.
  • Low-Carb: Replace potatoes with cauliflower florets.
  • Gluten-Free: Ensure all ingredients, particularly the kielbasa and broth, are certified gluten-free.


Let's get started on preparing the key components:

1. Kielbasa

  • Slice the kielbasa into ¼-inch thick rounds.
  • In a large skillet, lightly brown the kielbasa over medium heat. This will take about 5 minutes. Once done, set aside.

2. Sauerkraut

  • Drain the sauerkraut to remove excess liquid. If you prefer a milder flavor, rinse it under cold water and drain thoroughly.

3. Potatoes

  • Peel and thinly slice the potatoes. Aim for uniform slices to ensure even cooking.

4. Onion and Garlic

  • Finely chop the onion and mince the garlic.
  • In the same skillet used for the kielbasa, add butter and sauté the onion until translucent (about 5 minutes). Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.


Now, let's layer the casserole:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a greased 9x13-inch baking dish, start with a layer of potato slices.
  3. Add a layer of sauerkraut, followed by the sautéed onions and garlic.
  4. Sprinkle caraway seeds over the layers if using.
  5. Add the browned kielbasa slices on top.
  6. Repeat layers if you have additional ingredients.
  7. Pour chicken broth evenly over the entire dish.
  8. If using cheese, sprinkle it over the top layer.


Bake the casserole:

  • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and bubbly.

Serving Suggestions

For a visually appealing presentation:

  • Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley or dill for a pop of color.
  • Serve with a side of crusty bread to soak up the delicious juices.


And there you have it—a mouth-watering Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Casserole that's sure to delight your taste buds! We encourage you to try this recipe and enjoy the comforting flavors it offers. Don't forget to share your feedback and any customizations you made. Happy cooking!


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