Barley and sauerkraut is a traditionally Polish combination of foods that are delicious, and easily paired with a variety of meats or other ingredients for a full meal. With knowledge and practice, any modern mom will be whipping up fabulous barley and sauerkraut dishes in no time. Barley has fiber and B vitamins, while sauerkraut is high in vitamins A and C, providing excellent health benefits for your family. After you’ve made this dish, you can easily heat sauerkraut and also add it to other dishes.
1. Barley and Sauerkraut
1 Add six parts water and four parts sauerkraut, including the sauerkraut juice, to a large pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil.
2. Barley and Sauerkraut
2 Once the sauerkraut is boiling, stir and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for one hour.
3. Barley and Sauerkraut
3 While sauerkraut is simmering, rinse one-half part barley. Rinsing barley is important as it minimizes the amount of starch in the grain and keeps the dish from having a slimy taste.
4. Barley and Sauerkraut
4 Add barley to the pot. Continue simmering until you see that the barley is fully cooked, which is approximately 30 minutes.
5. Barley and Sauerkraut
5 Add any additional ingredients you desire, stir to mix, and serve. Onions, mushrooms, celery, or pork are flavorful additions to a barley and sauerkraut dish. Simply saute the foods separately before adding the extra ingredients.
1 Add three parts water or broth to a large saucepan. Using chicken or vegetable broth adds flavor to the barley. If you prefer an unflavored barley, use water with a large pinch of salt.
2 Bring the water or broth to a boil.
3 Add one part barley and stir. Turn heat to low and simmer, covered, for 45 to 50 minutes.
4 Remove from heat and let stand uncovered for five more minutes. Drain any excess liquid before serving or mixing with other foods.
1 Put two parts sauerkraut and three parts water in a pot. Add any juice from the sauerkraut container to the pot as well. It will add extra flavor to the sauerkraut.
2 Cook the sauerkraut until it is boiling, stirring occasionally.
3 Simmer for an hour before serving or before using it with other ingredients.
Items you will need
- Large pot
- Polish sausage is a delicious pairing with sauerkraut, as well as in a barley and sauerkraut soup. Try mixing barley with lentils and creating a healthy soup for your family.
- Utah State University Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences: Barley
- Polish Heritage Cookery; Robert Strybel, Maria Strybel
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