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Crockpot Sauerkraut and Hot Dogs

Tangy, Filling, Salty, Meaty, Creamy and that perfect balance of all the good stuff is what this recipe for crockpot sauerkraut and hot dogs is all about!

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half bowl of sauerkraut and hot dogs

Sauerkraut and Hot Dogs in a Crockpot

Fast, Hot, Tangy, Filling and the PERFECT comfort food for a chili windy evening.

This dish reminds me of childhood evenings , the sun setting before 5 pm, the snow so cold that there is a crunchy layer on the top and no one wants to be outside for longer than a few seconds.

Can you feel your bright red face as you remove a layer of coats and boots at the door saying “Dear Heavens it’s cold out there tonight and I’m HUNGRY”.

It’s time to amble to the kitchen where the precious crockpot has been cooking up dinner all day long with this comforting and filling dish!

This dish reminds me of … the sun setting near 5 pm, the snow so cold that it has a crunchy layer on the top and no one wants to be outside for longer than a few seconds. A perfect dinner for that type of day.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

ingredients on a table
  • Butter, Onion, Garlic, Broth, Sugar – Just adds a little balance of flavor to the salty tangy sauerkraut. (You can use onion and garlic powder as well as broth concentrate)
  • Potatoes, Carrots – These add a little bulk and color to the final dish. Potatoes and sauerkraut are a classic together.
  • Caraway Seeds – These add a tiny pop of unexpected flavor balance. If you don’t have them, then it’s ok to leave them out, but they DO add a certain BANG that is just lovely.
  • Sour Cream – This lends a creaminess and tang as well as taming the bright acidity of the sauerkraut just a tad.
  • Sauerkraut and Hot Dogs – The main characters! Some folks prefer sausages with their kraut, but hot dogs are a classic, easy to manage and an expected taste.

It’s Easier Than You Think!

You’ll LOVE how EASY this is. Just pop it all in the crockpot and come back later for a hot, steamy, satisfying supper!

Here’s an Overview of How To Make This!

  1. Prepare your ingredients (chop the onions/carrots/potatoes, mince the garlic.
  2. Put everything into the crockpot and set it on low.
  3. Come back in 6-8 hours and fill a steaming plate of sauerkraut and hot dogs!

You’ll LOVE how EASY this is. Just pop it all in the crockpot and come back later for a hot, steamy, satisfying supper!

Side Dishes for Sauerkraut and Hot Dogs

At our house, this is often a stand alone dish. It has a meat and a couple of veggies so we often add a bread and call it dinner. However, if you want to do more, then I would suggest…

bowl of sauerkraut and hot dogs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Do I Need To Rinse the Sauerkraut Before Using It?

You do not need to rinse the sauerkraut before using it for this recipe. Simple drain off the added liquid as it is quite salty and that is probably more than anyone needs to consume plus it will make your final dish very soupy.

How Long to Cook Sauerkraut and Hot Dogs in a Crockpot?

This recipe is for 6-8 hours but honestly it will probably be done in 4 hours. You can set the crockpot on high and it will be done in 3-4 hours.

What Kind Of Hot Dogs Do I Use?

You’ll want to use a good hot dog for this recipe, something like Nathans or BallPark all Beef dogs are good ones. Conversely, you can use a brat or that type of sausage as well.

What Kind Of Sauerkraut Do I Use?

The kraut you find in the deli refrigerated section of the grocery often tastes best (if you ask me). It comes in a plastic bag and you can see the kraut in there. Canned is fine if you can’t find the bagged type.

bowl of food on table

Tips and Tricks

  • For this recipe in particular, you will want to use the best sauerkraut and hot dogs that you can. The kraut that is in the refrigerated deli section of the grocery in a bag is best. Nathans or BallPark All Beef Weenies are best.
  • Be sure to drain the sauerkraut before using, otherwise your final dish will be very soupy and quite salty.
  • The sour cream ads a creaminess to the final dish however, it can be a flavor that not everyone enjoys. Start by adding half to the actual dish and then allow folks to add the rest at the table until you know if your family likes the sour cream or not.
  • There are many substitutions that can be made. Onion powder for the onion, garlic powder for the garlic, broth concentrate for the broth, canned kraut for the bagged, brats instead of hot dogs.

PRO TIP:  My family loves some tangy apple cut into small cubes in this dish (I know that sounds weird) but a little granny smith apple cut into pencil eraser size cubes and added an hour before serving is pretty darn good.

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Sauerkraut and Hot Dogs

Delicious Crockpot style sauerkraut and hot dogs. Easy and delicious!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sauerkraut and hot dogs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 173kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 2 lb sauerkraut deli style in bag or canned. Drain each
  • 2 carrots chopped in disks or smaller
  • 2 potatoes fist size, any type. Peel if russet type, cut into bite sized pieces.
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1/2 Cup chicken broth any type broth will do or equivalent broth concentrate
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 8 hot dogs Cut into pieces or disks
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream Optional
  • salt and pepper to taste Do NOT add salt until you taste just before serving.

Instructions

  • Cut all ingredients to correct size.
  • Add all ingredients except sour cream to the crockpot.
  • Mix well and apply lid. Set the crockpot on low and cook for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  • 30 minutes before serving, add the sour cream, stir and replace the lid. This item is optional and adds a wonderful creaminess. Add salt and pepper to taste. Actually taste, because it will already be salty from the sauerkraut.

Notes

  • For this recipe in particular, you will want to use the best sauerkraut and hot dogs that you can. The kraut that is in the refrigerated deli section of the grocery in a bag is best. Nathans or BallPark All Beef Weenies are best.
  • Be sure to drain the sauerkraut before using, otherwise your final dish will be very soupy and quite salty.
  • The sour cream ads a creaminess to the final dish however, it can be a flavor that not everyone enjoys. Start by adding half to the actual dish and then allow folks to add the rest at the table until you know if your family likes the sour cream or not.
  • There are many substitutions that can be made. Onion powder for the onion, garlic powder for the garlic, broth concentrate for the broth, canned kraut for the bagged, brats instead of hot dogs.
PRO TIP:  My family loves some tangy apple cut into small cubes in this dish (I know that sounds weird) but a little granny smith apple cut into pencil eraser size cubes and added an hour before serving is pretty darn good.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Sauerkraut and Hot Dogs
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 1134mg47%
Potassium 344mg10%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 2658IU53%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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