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Sauerkraut Soup   HT  SP  German  120mins


German Name: Sauerkrautsuppe 


Serves 6   Hot  Pork  Vegetable  Vegetables  Soup  Germany  Europe



325g/12oz Sauerkraut, drained
675g/1-1/2lb  Ham Bone (with meat)
5 Peppercorns
2 Bay Leaves
1.5L/50fl.oz. Water
4 medium Potatoes, peeled and cubed

25g/1oz Butter
2 Onions, chopped
2 tbsp Plain Flour



1. Place the sauerkraut, ham bone, peppercorns, bay leaves and water in a large saucepan, cover and bring to the boil.


2.  Reduce the heat, uncover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours, stirring from time to time.


3. Half an hour before the end of the cooking time, place the potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water, bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes or until just tender.


4. Remove ham bone from the sauerkraut, allow to cool a little then slice the ham from bone.


5. Return the sliced meat to the sauerkraut, together with the cooked drained potatoes.
potatoes to sauerkraut mixture, mix well and continue to cook for a further 15 minutes.

6. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a saucepan, add the onions and sauté, stirring, for about 10 minutes. 


7. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and ladle about 240ml/8fl.oz. of the sauerkraut broth into onion mixture,  stirring to mix well. 


8. Add the onion mixture to the sauerkraut soup and bring to the boil. Remove the bay leaves before serving.







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Common terms used when making sauces

Blend - To mix together ingredients, usually of different consistencies, to a smooth and even texture, utilising a utensil such as a wooden spoon or blender.

Coats a spoon – when a substance is rendered thin/thick enough so that when a wooden or metal spoon is inserted into it and taken out, the substance leaves a thin film “coating the spoon”.

Boil - To bring a liquid to boiling temperature and to maintain it throughout the cooking time.

Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size


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Make Ahead

Allow to cool, cover and refrigerate


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