My "recipe" for this is to layer some frozen brats or Polish sausage with a jar of sauerkraut in a crock pot. Cook on low for 8-ish hours. Receive the accolades of your family.
I like using these brats from Costco. I also really like the Italian sausage in the same brand (but avoid the grossly under-seasoned breakfast links).
A jar of Aldi sauerkraut is both cheap and delicious.
The finished product is a mellow sauerkraut and very tender sausage. So good! The first time I did it, I used one pack (5 sausage) and we liked it so much that I immediately added another pack of sausage to the remaining sauerkraut and cooked it until bed time. This time I just started with two packs of sausage so there are some planned leftovers.
- If the sauerkraut doesn't have much juice, go ahead and add a little water too.
- This would be great if started with grilled sausage (even if they weren't cooked through), just to give that extra smokey yumminess. (That's a word, right? Spell check is only giving me "chumminess" and "crumminess.")
- Jim Kostick made something very similar using Kramarczuks Polish sausage slices in sauerkraut, cooked for far less time. Obviously better, but not so easy to pull off.