Bavarian Sauerkraut

Classic hot sauerkraut recipe with chopped apple and juniper berries.

Bavarian Sauerkraut
Elise Bauer

One of our favorite side dishes is hot sauerkraut, delicious served with pork or bockwurst - a mild German sausage.

You can also make a sandwich with toasted or grilled dark rye bread, melted Jack, havarti, or Muenster cheese, the sauerkraut, and avocado.

Bavarian Sauerkraut

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Juniper berries are berries from the juniper shrub; they are traditionally used with sauerkraut.


  • 1 (16-ounce can or jar) sauerkraut (best is fresh sauerkraut in jars, found in refrigerated section of grocery store)

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 1/2 cup peel and chopped apple

  • 10 juniper berries, cracked

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


  1. Cook all the ingredients together:

    Place sauerkraut in a pot. Add wine, onion, apple, juniper berries, salt, pepper and oil. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, until the onions are soft.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
486 Calories
15g Fat
47g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 486
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3310mg 144%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 17g 60%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 75mg 376%
Calcium 199mg 15%
Iron 8mg 44%
Potassium 1226mg 26%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.