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Oma's German Sauerkraut Casserole

Casserole dish with German Sauerkraut Casserole filled with sauerkraut, ham, potatoes, and cheese

Here's a German sauerkraut casserole that uses up some leftovers and makes them into a marvelous dinner that's quick and easy. If you've got some leftover ham and potatoes, just add a few extra items, put it in the oven, and turn up the polka music. Dinner's almost ready!

Recipes using leftovers can be boring, but turning those leftovers into something totally different is fantastic. Here you take that ham and potatoes and add sauerkraut and cheese to make a casserole that will make you want to have leftovers!

Don't have any leftover potatoes? Check what Oma says below.

Oma's German Sauerkraut Casserole


  • 2 cups cubed cooked ham
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp butter or oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 lb potatoes, cooked and sliced
  • 28-oz can drained sauerkraut
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • approx. 2 cups grated cheese (any kind, such as cheddar, Emmental, Swiss, etc.)
  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. 
  • Fry ham and onion in butter/oil until onion is translucent. Add sauerkraut and paprika and mix well. 
  • Arrange half of the potatoes on the bottom of a greased 9-inch casserole dish. Season with salt and pepper on top of potatoes.
  • Spread the ham/sauerkraut mixture on top. Cover with the remaining potatoes. Season with salt and pepper on top of potatoes.
  • Beat eggs and milk. Pour over potatoes. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
  • Bake for about 25 - 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
  • Serves 4 - 6.

Sauerkraut recipes are great to have in your recipe file. Often, in Germany, sauerkraut is flavoured with juniper berries and served along side of pork, smoked sausages, or kasseler.

That's why using ham in this dish is so great. However, if you have any other type of smoked meat left over, use that instead. For the cheese, I use whatever I happen to have in the fridge. Use that which melts nicely. If you enjoy it as an eating cheese, it will be fabulous in here as well. :)

There are many health benefits associated with eating this fermented cabbage. It is high in vitamins C, B, and K, low in calories, and high in calcium, magnesium, and fiber.

It's even healthier eaten raw. Try it in a salad!

White bowl filled with sauerkraut salad consisting of sauerkraut, red and yellow peppers and a dressingWant healthy? Want delicious? Want different? Try this sauerkraut salad and be surprised how easy and wunderbar it is.

If you can find sauerkraut that is unpasteurized and uncooked, it will contain live lactobacilli and is rich in enzymes. You may need to go to a health food store to find it, but it's fantastic in the salad.

Oma says,

Don't have any leftover potatoes? 

Peel (if necessary) and thickly slice raw potatoes, cover with water and bring to boil. Simmer until tender which will take about 10 minutes.

During that time you can be frying up the ham and onion.

Some more German Cabbage Recipes

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