Saurkraut and Polish

21 Jan

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Okay , so I usually make this for Christmas ,  but you can make it anytime ,  and it’s easy and hot comfort food for during the week or a busy weekend.

First thing you have to do is find some GOOD FRESH POLISH SAUSAGE.

If you are around Aurora ,  you could go to WURST KITCKEN

wurst    or Reams     wreams in Elburn.

If not  try to find a Polish deli .

Getting GOOD   Fresh Polish is the key.

3 lbs. is about right.

The 2) Cans of Franks sauerkraut ,   it’s the ONLY kind to get  fank27

I large onion  – sliced onion

1 bottle of real beer ( Not LITE ) I have recently started using Sammy Adams lager sam

It adds just the right taste. But hey! use what you like.

2 TSP caraway seed caraway Crushed use one of these if you got it  mp

if not csp put seed in a zip lock bag and roll – crush the seed

 

Speaking of Caraway seed, a spice you might or might not be familiar with,  here is some things you might not know :

 

 

If you eat rye bread then you know that the little seeds in the bread are CARAWAY ,  if you don’t eat rye bread , now you know.

Caraway is in the same family of plants as the carrot    carrot2The family –  Apiaceae

.Caraway  fruits  (erroneously called seeds) are crescent –  shaped  achenes , ( which as we all know is  a fruit containing the seed. The seed-like appearance being owed to the hardening of the wall of the seed-vessel, which encloses the solitary seed so closely as to seem like an outer coat. )

and they are   around 2 mm (0.08 in) long, with five pale ridges.caraway

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Caraway (carum carvi) is a flavorful and aromatic herb used in the culinary and medicinal traditions of Europe since the Stone Age.

The essential oils, namely   carvone and limonene present in the seeds offer them a pungent, anise-like flavor and aroma.

Caraway seeds are used for baked goods such as rye breads, biscuits and can also be used as a substitute for poppy seeds. They are also used to garnish and flavor cheeses, such as Livarot   and Munster. Other popular uses include to flavor salad dressings, and apple sauce. Caraway essential oil is a flavoring for the alcoholic beverages Aquvit   and schnapes.

In Indian cuisine caraway seeds are used to flavor curries, lentil dishes such as dal, and they are also added to the rice dish biriyani. In the cuisines of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, caraway seeds are a traditional flavoring for Mechoui  , a North African version of spit roasted lamb.

In the Hindi  language it is called – Shahi Zeera

Caraway seeds were customarily chewed to freshen breath.

It is helpful to chew caraway seeds after a heavy meal. It has been used for colic as it is a light sedative and it can be used to settle a queasy stomach.

Caraway is used to flavor liquors, mouthwashes, toothpastes and chewing gums. It is also an important addition to  Indian garam masala

One of the best herb to prevent gas and bloating. . Caraway is also a good remedy for colds and  congestion , it contains mild antihistamines, antimicrobial compounds that help to relax the muscles that cause coughing spasms.

Holland cultivates the main crop, producing and exporting far larger quantities than any other country.

The Russians and the Germans make from Caraway a liqueur, ‘Kummel,’

And Speaking of Germans

 

 


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Rachel  Leah Blumenthal 

Made only in the Buffalo-Rochester area, the ” Kummelweck ” – often spelled Kimmelweck – a Combination of German words

kimmel ( caraway seed )  and weck ( roll )

  Basically a Kaiser roll topped with lots of pretzel salt and caraway seeds. Inside, very thinly sliced roast beef is piled high, and the whole thing is served with a dish of “au jus” (I suppose it is too much to expect a German sandwich to make sense of French prepositions), for dipping. Alternatively, the cook sometimes dips the top of the roll into the jus just before serving it. In either case, the beef on weck sandwich must be accompanied by a pot of freshly grated, sinus-clearing horseradish.

 

Caraway was reputed to ward off witches and  has the ability to avoid the theft of any article in which it is contained. Interestingly, this particular belief or property of caraway provided it with the power of being a love potion – it means that if you make your lover consume caraway, he or she will not be stolen from you. Keeping this virtue of the herb in view, rural folks fed caraway to their chickens, pigeons and geese .

If you have in your hand the plant called arsesmant, and also caraway, you are safe from frights and fantasies, with which people are often befooled. If they are …mixed with the juice of hoursewart and the hands are smeared with it and the refuse is put in the water where fish are ,  you can easily  catch fish with hands or nets. if you take your hands out of the water the fish will leave.

If  ……..you believe the old folk tales ……………….

 

The seeds of caraway were recommended for bringing bloom to the cheeks of pale-faced young maidens.

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Sophia Diedre

SO says William Shakespeare …………………..

Enough !!!!

Back to the recipe …………………..

Turn oven on to 400′

Cut the sausage into 1 1/2 pieces.

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Place them evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet.

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Put in oven for 15 – 20 min. just long enough to brown them a little.

 

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Place in crock-pot sprinkle crushed  caraway seed  and a few grinds of pepper on top

Pour in  bottle of beer

Sprinkle onion on top.

Mix everything together gently

Put on low for 5 hours or high for 3 hours

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Eat and Enjoy !!!

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