Potato and Sauerkraut Gratin Recipe

Potato & Sauerkraut Gratin
Jeremy E. Nolen

Ingredients

  •   One 14- to 16-ounce bag/can sauerkraut, drained
  • Russet potatoes, peeled
  •   3-4 sprigs fresh thyme*
  • 2 1/2  heavy cream
  • cloves garlic, sliced

  • 1 1/2  kosher salt
  • 1/2  nutmeg, grated
  • butter, at room temperature


This casserole is a welcome addition to your repertoire of winter’s warming dishes. Potatoes and sauerkraut are two staples of the German kitchen in the winter. Traditionally, the potatoes were stored in a cellar and the remaining cabbage from the harvest would be turned into sauerkraut.

It’s no surprise, then, that these two ingredients pair very well together. Sauerkraut lends a pleasant tanginess to this creamy potato gratin. It’s a great side dish paired with heavy dishes such as venison stew or beef roast. 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Start by opening the can or bag of sauerkraut and letting it drain. Do not rinse; just allow the excess juice to drain.

Slice the potatoes on a mandoline as thinly as possible. (If you don’t have one, just slice them as thinly as you can.) Strip off the leaves from the thyme sprigs and discard the woody stems. Heat the cream, garlic, salt, thyme, and nutmeg in a small saucepan over medium heat. (Be careful because it will boil over. Keep an eye on it.) Once it is hot, but not boiling, remove from heat.


Take a medium-sized casserole and grease the pan with the softened butter. Add 1 layer of the sliced potatoes. Next, add a layer of sauerkraut using about ½ of the sauerkraut. Top with some more sliced potatoes, then another layer of sauerkraut.  Top with the remaining potatoes and pour the cream mixture over this.


Place in the oven for 45 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. When the potatoes are tender, remove from the oven and let cool for about 15 minutes. Serve with your favorite roast or stew.

Notes

*Note: If you don’t have fresh thyme, you can substitute ½ teaspoon dried thyme.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

238 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Fat Low Fat Abs, Sugar Conscious, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

12%

Servings:

4
  • Fat 1g 1%
  • Carbs 54g 18%
  • Saturated 0g 1%
  • Fiber 7g 28%
  • Sugars 4g
  • Monounsaturated 0g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 7g 14%
  • Sodium 732mg 30%
  • Calcium 82mg 8%
  • Magnesium 80mg 20%
  • Potassium 1,317mg 38%
  • Iron 4mg 24%
  • Zinc 1mg 7%
  • Phosphorus 174mg 25%
  • Vitamin A 7µg 1%
  • Vitamin C 36mg 60%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 16%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 7%
  • Niacin (B3) 3mg 15%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 55%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 64µg 16%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 1%
  • Vitamin K 19µg 23%
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