Almost 17 years ago in a small town in Michigan, I met my husband. I did not only meet my soul mate, I also married into a whole new food culture. My husband and his family are Russian-Polish. I have been so lucky to learn more about Kapusta-Pierogi-Golabki-Paczki-Babka….ok now I’m hungry.
This weekend we had a lovely visit with my Mom-and-Dad–in-law, and enjoyed cooking together. I have to let you know, when I first met my husband, I did not enjoy Sauerkraut. There are different ways to make Sauerkraut- a German way, and even a Polish way. My background is German, Irish, and a little French, so I have only enjoyed it cooked the traditional German way. The Sauerkraut I had growing up is wonderful, but does have a stronger flavor. There is brine on the Sauerkraut, you can rinse it off, or cook it as it is from the container. I have discovered that I do not enjoy the brine on the Sauerkraut. This was a big discovery, because now I can enjoy this beautiful dish.
Last week I picked up some corned beef, and decided we should do a food fusion this weekend. Why not mix my Irish culture, with my husband’s Polish culture, and make Corned Beef and Kapusta? Sunday we pulled out the crock-pot, and let the Corned Beef cook for about eight hours. When the Corned Beef was almost done, we started making the Kapusta….or I should say, my mother-in-law started making it. I had fun taking pictures of the process so I could share with you.
To start we had to crack open the bottle of wine, we couldn’t very well start cooking without a glass of wine!
Rinse the Sauerkraut.
In a large pan sauté the onions.
I will not share the amounts used, because this is a recipe that goes by taste and not numbers. Mom said, “This recipe has changed as it has passed down from generation to generation.”
Add the sauerkraut; let it cook on medium-high until browned.
While cooking the sauerkraut, you will add brown sugar. She adds a little at a time. She said, “taste it as it is cooking, and add more brown sugar if needed.” Kapusta is sweet to me, where German Sauerkraut- to me- is bitter. The reason for the differences in the two dishes is the addition of brown sugar, and washing off the brine.
Once the Sauerkraut is browned completely, it is time to enjoy some good family time laughing, and remembering growing up. We always have some good laughs when we are together.
I still can’t believe I have been married for 14 years, and have been with my beautiful husband almost 17 years. Time sure does fly by when you are having fun!
What is the one dish you love your Mother or Father to make?
Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,