Keep reading for an amazing Amish sausage and sauerkraut for New Year's recipe! Sausage and sauerkraut is one of those traditions that persist among the Amish and other cultures. This tradition is especially strong in Germany and since the Amish have strong German roots, I am not surprised the food tradition hangs on. Eating sauerkraut is supposed to bring good luck in the new year.
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So while Gloria takes a deserved week off, meantime, enjoy this New Year's favorite from the Yoders! Sauerkraut is a staple in Amish homes with the arrival of the New Year. You won't find most Amish people watching the ball the drop or jotting down resolutions. But will find them celebrating the New Year with food. And I heard tales of one elderly Amish man in the Berne, Indiana settlement who would blow on a conch seashell at the stroke of midnight sending out a loud, piercing bellow that spread out through the settlement.
Another way to celebrate is through this amazingly hearty and flavorful dish of sausage and sauerkraut. The custom of sauerkraut as good luck on New Year's Day cuts across cultures and the Amish is one that seems to enjoy popularity in
Fry the sausage in a big cast-iron skillet. If you don't have cast iron, use a stainless steel skillet. This is the part where you can season the sausage how you like. True to Amish tradition, this recipe has minimal seasonings, but this is where you can add some barbecue sauce, cinnamon, molasses, or anything else you want to flavor the dish. Or you can just stick with the tried and true recipe below.
After you are done frying the sausage, mix everything together in a big glass bowl until everything is well-combined. And then stick in the oven and bake for a good 4 or 5 hours at a low temperature, 275 degrees is perfect. The wonderful aroma will waft up through the house and, wow, you'll love it!
👨🍳Ingredients For Amish Sauerkraut and Sausage
- 1 pound bulk sausage
- 1 large can or bag sauerkraut
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 diced onion
- 1 cup ketchup
- In a large skillet brown the sausage.
- Mix the cooked sausage, sauerkraut, brown sugar, onion, and ketchup in a large bowl and pour into a casserole dish.
- Bake at 275 for 4-5 hours.
- Stir occasionally.
- You may want to add a little water to desired consistency.
🎊Other Amish New Year's Day Recipes
Here are some other recipes that the Amish celebrate the start of a calendar year!
This is super!
The above recipe is with an Amish recipe column, but trifle is also a traditional New Year's favorite!
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Amish Sauerkraut and Sausage For New Year's
- 1 pound sausage browned
- 1 bag or large can sauerkraut
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 cup ketchup
- Brown sausage in a large saucepan
- Mix all ingredients, including the drained sausage, in a casserole dish.
- Bake at 275 for 4-5 hours
- Stir occasionally. You may want to add a little water to desired consistency.