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Recipe: Sauerkraut dogs

Updated: Mar 10, 2021

Superbowl weekend means one thing for Americans: Tailgate parties, beer and hot dogs. With cars, sausages and beer also holding strong reputations in Germany, as a twist on the classic hot dog, this week’s recipe is a Sauerkraut Dog. It swaps in the onions and yellow mustard for some sweet and tangy pickled cabbage.

Hot dog. Photo: Fernando Valencia via Pixabay

German Bratwurst hot dog with red cabbage sauerkraut (via Adore Foods)

Serves 4

Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 45 mins


  • 4 Bratwurst sausages

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp caraway seeds

  • 1 red onion halved, thinly sliced

  • ½ red cabbage core removed, leaves shredded

  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped parsley leaves

  • mild English mustard to serve


  1. To make sauerkraut, heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add caraway seeds and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add onion and cabbage, and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until cabbage starts to wilt. Add 2 tbsp vinegar and cook for a further 4 minutes, then cool for 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium. Cook sausages, turning regularly, for 12 minutes or until browned and cooked through.

  3. Combine the remaining 2 tbsp vinegar with the remaining 1 tbsp oil. Stir into cabbage mixture, along with parsley, then season with salt and pepper. Serve bratwurst in a roll, with sauerkraut and mustard.

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