Homemade Polish Sauerkraut Soup Kapuśniak

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How to Make Polish Sauerkraut Soup from Scratch

What ingredients do you need to make Polish sauerkraut soup?

Whole Pickled Cabbage Heads - Sauerkraut

1) 1.5 kg/50 oz of sauerkraut
2) 600 g/21 oz of carrots
3) 400 g/14 oz of parsnip or parsley root
4) 200 g/7 oz of onions
5) 500 g/18 oz of smoked sausages like kielbasa or another similar sausage type
6) 500 g/18 oz of smoked pork ham or smoked pork pastrami, smoked country-style pork loin, etc.
7) 600 g/21 oz of potatoes
8) 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil
9) 1/2 teaspoon of black peppercorns or to taste
10) 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds or to taste
11) 2-3 dried bay leaves or to taste

How to make Polish sauerkraut soup from scratch?

Homemade Polish Sauerkraut Soup Kapuśniak

Step 1: cut the head of sauerkraut into quarters and remove the stub from each one
Step 2: cut the sauerkraut into thin strips
Step 3: peel the carrots and cut them into rounds
Step 4: peel the parsnip and cut it into rounds
Step 5: peel the onion and chop it finely
Step 6: cut the smoked sausages into thicker slices
Step 7: cut the smoked pork ham into larger cubes
Step 8: peel the potatoes and cut them into large cubes
Step 9: put the sour cabbage in a tall pot, add 2 tablespoons of oil, onions, carrots, and parsnips
Step 10: pour about 1 liter/35 fl oz of lukewarm water into the pot, mix, then simmer the ingredients over high temperature for about 10-15 minutes or until the sauerkraut is slightly soft
Step 11: add peppercorns, cumin seeds, and dried bay leaves to taste
Step 12: reduce the temperature to medium/low and add the smoked pork to the pot
Step 13: pour water into the pot to cover the ingredients with about 2-3 fingers, then boil the soup for about 15 minutes
Step 14: reduce the temperature to a minimum, put the potatoes in the pot, add more water if necessary and boil the sour cabbage soup with smoked pork for 30 minutes or until all the ingredients are tender

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Final Notes for the Polish Kapusniak Recipe

➡️ Pickled cabbage is very popular in Eastern Europe. This is probably due to the long, cold winters that people have had to spend with plentiful and cheap food supplies.

➡️ Cabbage is a staple food in this part of the world and should be kept available in the cold months. One of the main methods of preserving cabbage is pickling, so it is not surprising that in countries such as Poland sauerkraut (also called sour cabbage or pickled cabbage) is widely used in gastronomy.

➡️ Sour cabbage is cooked in many ways, and one of the most commonly used is the preparation of nourishing soups that provide enough calories to the body to withstand the strong frost outside.

➡️ Polish sauerkraut soup, known locally as kapuśniak, is very popular in this country, but it has become known in other countries where there is a large Polish community. Canada and especially the United States and, more recently, the United Kingdom are some of the countries that have adopted Polish sauerkraut soup.

➡️ As you can see in the video above, the cooking method of Polish sauerkraut soup is very simple and does not require a long cooking time even if it has to boil for a while at a low temperature.

➡️ A person with average experience in the kitchen can prepare all the ingredients in 10-15 minutes, after which they are cooked and do not need attention for a while.

➡️ As for sauerkraut, I recommend tasting it before cooking. If it is too salty, put it in cold water for a few hours to remove the excess salt, otherwise, the Polish sauerkraut soup will be too salty.

➡️ As for the sausages, the original recipe is made with kielbasa, which are smoked Polish sausages specific to this country. If you do not have such sausages, you can use other similar ones as long as they are not too dry but only half-smoked.

➡️ The smoked meat used in Polish sauerkraut soup is, of course, pork, as the meat of this animal is very popular in Poland. You can use smoked bacon, smoked sausages, or smoked pork ribs.

➡️ Enjoy cooking the Polish sauerkraut soup recipe from scratch! For additional info, read more on sauerkraut.

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