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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Cleveland Kraut & Ways To Serve Sauerkraut

Foods With Sauerkraut
[1] Sauerkraut with beef, burgers, hot dogs, salmon and sandwiches (photos #1 to #4 © Cleveland Kraut).

Beet Sauerkraut
[2] Beet Red Cleveland Kraut, made with red cabbage, beets and cabbage. Try it with hot dogs, meat dishes and salads paired with goat cheese.

Kimchi-Like Sauerkraut
[3] Green cabbage, green bell peppers, jalapeños, leeks, red chiles, sriracha and seasonings make Gnar Gnar a match with egg dishes, rice, salads and tacos.

Whiskey Infused Sauerkraut
[4] This “spirited” kraut combines fresh garlic and dill with barrel-aged whiskey, which adds a subtle sweetness to each batch. Pair it with chicken, salads and sandwiches.

Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake
[5] Did you say sauerkraut cake? “People might need some coaxing to try it,” said someone who made the recipe, “but once they do, they will love it.” Here’s the recipe (photo © Taste Of Home).

 

Sauerkraut is one of our colleague Laura’s favorite foods. Her family has made it for generations and love it so much, they eat it from the jar.

We created a sauerkraut dinner menu for her—6 courses selected from these 40 sauerkraut recipes—using our Top Pick Of The Week:

Cleveland Kraut sauerkraut, a terrific line of flavored krauts: raw, unpasteurized and lacto-fermented.

If you like plain sauerkraut, you’ll likely be thrilled with Cleveland Kraut’s flavored krauts. All start with green cabbage (except for Beet Red, which uses red cabbage), then deftly add seasonings.

Flavors—each deliciously flavorful and crunchy—include:

  • Beet Red (photo #2)
  • Cabbage & Cukes
  • Classic Caraway (the traditional Bavarian style)
  • Curry Kraut
  • Gnar Gnar† (photo #3—kraut’s answer to kimchi, with green bell peppers, jalapeños, leeks, sriracha, garlic and red chilis)
  • Whiskey Dill (photo #4—with barrel-aged whiskey)
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    WHY SAUERKRAUT IS GOOD FOR YOU

    Sauerkraut is one of a group of fermented foods that is full of natural probiotics, nutrients and flavor*.

    Here’s a review of the nutrition and health benefits.

    Fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kefir offer many health benefits. They restore gut health, support our immune system and help us to better absorb nutrients.

    Whether it’s sauerkraut in Germany, kimchi in Asia (especially Korea), cortido (or curtido) in Central America or choucroute in France, fermented cabbage is consumed wherever cabbage is grown.

    All you need to ferment it is salt. At the correct level of salinity and at the proper temperature, cabbage will ferment into sauerkraut.

    The addition of vinegar is looked upon with contempt by makers of “true” sauerkraut, who declare that it’s used only by those who don’t take the time to go through a full fermentation process and want a cheap and quick way to achieve acidity.

    Several different bacteria are at work during this process. The most often cited probiotic bacterium associated with sauerkraut is Lactobacillus plantarum.

    With supermarket sauerkraut, note: Many commercial fermented cabbage products have been pasteurized. The heat destroys the friendly bacteria as well as the harmful ones. For probiotic benefits, seek out raw/unpasteurized kraut.

    Another benefit: Unlike pasteurized kraut, raw kraut is crunchy.

    If you want to make your own, here’s how.

    Whether you buy it or make it, save the liquid—it’s a great tenderizer in a marinade, or good in a salad dressing.
     
     
    WAYS TO USE SAUERKRAUT

    Whether you make it or buy it, use it with.

  • Avocado toast, filled avocado halves.
  • Cold cuts and charcuterie.
  • Condiment: Stir a bit into ketchup, mayo or plain yogurt for more of a zing. Use it on anything from burgers and hot dogs (photo #1) and other sandwiches, from avocado toast to grilled cheese to Reubens.
  • Chicken dishes.
  • Eggs: omelets, in a scramble, as a side, or mixed into deviled egg filling.
  • Fish dishes: as a side, in a sauce (photo #1).
  • Green salad or grain bowl.
  • Hot dogs (photo #1), brats and other sausages: a given. But imagine them with Cleveland Kraut’s Curry, Roasted Garlic or Whiskey Kraut.
  • Pierogies, with or without sour cream.
  • Pork chops, loin, pulled pork, Asian-style ribs.
  • Rice dishes.
  • Sides: plain, with caraway seeds, or with cubes of your favorite vegetables. Don’t forget the mushrooms and onions..
  • Soups & Stews: to punch up flavor.
  • Taco topping, burrito condiment.
  • And beyond: dips, meatballs, potato pancakes potato skins, stuffed cabbage, summer rolls, vegetable sushi and so much more—even chocolate cake (photo #5). Check out these recipes.
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    WHERE TO BUY CLEVELAND KRAUT

    Ready to dig in?

    Shop online at ClevelandKraut.com, or if you’re in the Cleveland area, check out the store locator.

     
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    *Here’s more on yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, brined olives and other foods that are probiotic.

    †The company named this spicy flavor Gnar Gnar for gnarly, a word the Urban Dictionary defines as “beyond radical, beyond extreme.” Cleveland Kraut calls it Cleveland’s answer to kimchi.

      




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