For as long as I can remember there has always been sauerkraut on our Thanksgiving table. Both of my grandmothers made it and then my mom. When I took over preparing Thanksgiving dinner, mom would bring it to be popped in the oven. After she passed almost 30 years ago I decided that I should continue the tradition. And so it has gone for 28 years. This year my dad passed away a few days before the holiday so we didn't have our "normal" Thanksgiving. Dad's wife had out of town guests in and my brother and son stayed with us. My daughters understood that I just could't get it together for a large family gathering and my cousin thought she should spend the day with a dear friend.
Four of us did have a mini dinner...we fried a turkey and I planned on potatoes, gravy, dressing cranberry sauce and green beans. I hadn't planned on the sauerkraut but when I mentioned it, brother, son and husband all said that it was tradition and we must have it. And so for mom and dad (and all of us), we did. —inpatskitchen
about 4 to 6 servings and can easily be doubled
turkey or chicken drippings or olive oil
rough chopped onion
sweet Hungarian paprika
1 to 2
teaspoons salt (depending on the saltiness of your rinsed sauerkraut)
turkey or chicken broth, divided 1/1
2 1/2 cups
shredded sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!