October 2nd, 2009 - Barbara Feiner
For a taste of Oktoberfest, try today’s satisfying side dish, which combines organic sauerkraut and crème fraîche.
The French version of sour cream, crème fraîche adds richness to the dish. It’s thicker than traditional sour cream and not as sour.
Cowgirl Creamery makes a delicious certified-organic crème fraîche. If you cannot find a local organic brand, substitute organic sour cream.
Creamy Sauerkraut with Chives
Makes 6 servings
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 cups drained sauerkraut
1/2 cup crème fraîche, at room temperature
2 tablespoons fresh minced chives
- Heat oil in a saucepan. Add sauerkraut and stir. Turn heat to low, and cover pan. Cook until sauerkraut is hot throughout.
- Remove from heat. Let cool slightly.
- Stir in crème fraîche and chives, and serve.
Recipe courtesy of the German Agricultural Marketing Board
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October 1st, 2009 - Barbara Feiner
From late September through early October, Germany holds its 16-day Oktoberfest—a time to enjoy Old World foods and classic beers.
No Oktoberfest celebration is complete without sauerkraut or Rotkraut (red cabbage), which Americans tend to regard solely as a hot-dog condiment. In Germany, however, sauerkraut—which literally means “sour cabbage”—is served as a standalone salad or a relish for virtually any meat.
Numerous studies point to sauerkraut’s health benefits, which include aiding digestion and, quite possibly, fighting cancer. It’s not uncommon for Germans to enjoy a glass of organic sauerkraut juice to maintain gastrointestinal health.
Be advised, however, that sauerkraut has a high sodium content, so consume it in moderation. If you want to cook up a batch from scratch, check out Making Sauerkraut and Pickled Vegetables at Home.
Tune in tomorrow for a savory Oktoberfest recipe: Creamy Sauerkraut with Chives.
Live in Ohio?
Have a grand ol’ time at the 40th Annual Ohio Sauerkraut Festival, held Oct. 10–11 in Waynesville. Creative cooks compete in a sauerkraut recipe contest, with last year’s winners scoring points for Sauerkraut Carrot Cake, Sauerkraut Egg Rolls and Bacon Kraut Potato Salad.
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