If you’re in Poland, you’ll no doubt find a restaurant that serves Polish sauerkraut soup. (recipe below) It’s one of my personal favorites and is incredibly good for your gut. If sauerkraut isn’t your thing, then you may want to ignore this post. It’s not for everyone.
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cups of sliced brown mushrooms (dried imported wild mushrooms are even better)
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 2 lbs of fermented sauerkraut (German sauerkraut is the best) drained.
- 2 cups of boiled and sliced potatoes (Since they will simmer in the soup they don't need to be completely done)
- 6 strips of bacon (optional) or substitute 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil
- ½ of a 2 foot smoked Kielbasa sausage cubed (optional)
- 48 oz of canned or boxed broth (I used chicken but you can also use vegetarian - best to use organic and low sodium)
- 1 Tbsp caraway seeds
- Black pepper to taste
- 1 tsp of ground allspice
- Fry the bacon strips in a skillet until the bacon is crispy. Remove the bacon and set them on paper towels. Leave the drippings in the skillet. (If you prefer not to use bacon, simply heat the olive oil in the skillet instead)
- When the bacon is cool chop it into bacon bits.
- Saute the onions and the mushrooms for about 10 minutes until the onions are translucent.
- Add the garlic and saute for about 1 minute
- Take the onions, mushrooms, and garlic off the heat and set the mixture aside.
- Put the sauerkraut in a heavy soup pot over low heat.
- Add the sauteed mushrooms, onions and garlic
- Add the broth, caraway, allspice, and pepper
- Add the boiled and sliced potatoes
- Add the Kielbasa and bacon bits (or leave out if you prefer vegetarian)
- Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook on low for about 30 minutes or more.
Our visit to Krakow
When we were in Kraków, Poland, Doug wanted to find a concert to listen to. He’s obsessed with organ music, so when I found a free organ concert on the Internet that was taking place that evening at the Kraków Music Academy, we had to go. It was located just outside the old city gates and within walking distance of our hotel.
We arrived too early, so we decided to walk around to find a place to have a drink and a snack. About a block away, we spied a little pub called “The Dog in the Fog.” and walked inside.
(We’re dog fanatics so how could we resist?)
It was a rustic old place that appeared to be popular with the students attending schools nearby. We sat down to have a glass of beer and I ordered their Polish Sauerkraut soup. It was a tantalizing concoction of sauerkraut, potatoes, and Polish sausage. I vowed to find a way to replicate it and think I did a pretty good job.
After our snack, we went back to the Music Academy and enjoyed an accomplished concert given by its talented students. No one spoke English so we couldn’t understand a word they were saying, but that didn’t matter because music is a universal language. The entire evening was thoroughly delightful.
Polish sauerkraut soup is good for your tummy
Fermented foods like sauerkraut, help your body build immunity and can protect you from becoming ill. The fermentation process develops healthy bacteria (probiotics) in your gut that fights against bad bacteria. Eating fermented foods regularly keeps your body balanced and functioning properly. Sauerkraut as well as plain yogurt, kefir, miso, tempeh, pickles, and kombucha all help aid digestion. Make sure to add at least a few fermented foods to your diet.
Note: Even though this traditional Polish recipe is made with bits of meat, you can make a vegetarian version by substituting olive oil and adding vegetables like celery and carrots instead. Either way, it will be delicious.
You may also enjoy: Eating Polish Style in Bydgoszcz, Poland
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