Sauerkraut & Barley

This is one of my favorite meals.  It’s a new twist on an old favorite.  It’s one of my comfort foods and takes less than half an hour to make.  The barley gives the sauerkraut a sort of gravy & isn’t as strong as regular sauerkraut.  Served with or over mashed potatoes, it’s amazing.

I don’t make it very often, because hubby doesn’t like the smell of sauerkraut cooking, so I usually make it when he’s not home.  Here’s my recipe for Sauerkraut & Barley with hot dogs, or you could substitute the hot dogs with pork.

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The ingredients are simple.  A large can of sauerkraut, 1 cup of quick cooking barley, 3 cups of water & 6 to 8 hot dogs.

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The first thing that I do is to drain & then rinse the sauerkraut with one or two cans of water.  Rinsing it helps to remove the tartness of most canned sauerkraut.

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Put the rinsed sauerkraut in a large pan & add 3 cups of water.

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Bring the sauerkraut to a boil.

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While you’re waiting for the sauerkraut to come to a boil, slice the hot dogs into bite sized pieces.

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When the sauerkraut starts to boil, add 1 cup of Quick Barley.  Stir well.

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Add the sliced hot dogs to the sauerkraut & stir well to mix.

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Cover the pot, bring the sauerkraut back to a boil, reduce heat & simmer for 12 minutes.

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After it has cooked for the 12 minutes, turn off the heat & let stand for 5 minutes.

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After the sauerkraut & barley has been left to sit for 5 minutes, the broth thickens into a sort of gravy.

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It’s done!  Plate it up & enjoy.

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Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Happy Creating everyone!