Slow Cooker Sauerkraut and Sausage with Apples and Potatoes is one of the few dinners I can make without having to consult a cookbook.
It’s truly a dump and go meal. (Well, you do have to chop a few things up.)
My family loves the sweet and tangy combination of sauerkraut, sausage, and apples.
I love that it’s so easy to put together. The most time consuming thing about this kraut and sausage recipe is cutting up the sausage, potatoes and onions – and occasionally trying to get the sauerkraut jar open!
Slow Cooker Sauerkraut and Sausage with Apples and Potatoes is even more convenient now that I’ve found the perfect sausage to go with this slow cooker recipe – Aidells Chicken & Apple sausage.
How to make gluten free slow cooker sauerkraut and sausage
If you or a family member is gluten free, you have to be careful of what is in store bought sausage. Many will contain bread or gluten containing fillers.
Luckily, all of Aidells sausage varieties are gluten free!
Aidells also contain no nitrites or added hormones, which I really like.
I also like that they’re precooked, so I don’t have to worry about the slow cooking not cooking them perfectly through.
Tips for cooking slow cooker sauerkraut and sausage
Cleanup: To help with cleanup, spray your Crock-Pot with cooking spray or line it with a slow cooker liner.
(Love those liners! Since I started using them, I don’t have to soak and scrub my Crock-Pot any more!)
Sauerkraut: While you can get canned sauerkraut, I prefer the fresh kind of jarred sauerkraut that’s found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.
Potatoes: There’s no need to peel either the red potatoes or the Granny Smith apples. Another time saver!
Speed it up! In a rush? You can cook this on high for 3-4 hours in the slow cooker instead of 7-8 hours on low.
Just make sure they’re covered with plenty of apples, potatoes, and sauerkraut so they’re kept moist.
Serving: Then serve the Aidells Chicken & Apple sausage in (gluten free) buns slathered with a touch of Dijon mustard.
Top the sausage with sauerkraut. Apples and potatoes can be served on the side.
Slow Cooker Sauerkraut and Sausage with Apples and Potatoes
- 1 (32 ounce) jar sauerkraut
- 2 (12 ounce) packages Aidells Chicken & Apple sausage, sliced into 1" pieces
- 1 pound red potatoes, chopped into 1/2" to 1" pieces
- 2 large Granny Smith apples, cored and chopped into 1/2" to 1" pieces
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
- Pour sauerkraut, including juice, into a 6 quart or larger slow cooker.
- Add the sliced sausage, potatoes, and apples to the crock.
- Add the juice, broth, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir to mix ingredients.
- Cover and cook on low 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
- Stir before serving.
- Serving size: Varies
Originally published on Mar 16, 2016. Updated with new information and pictures.