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So, here's my family -- the Bakers in September, 1996


This recipe for OKTOBERFEST CASSEROLE, by , is from MARIAN'S WAY 2, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.



16 Schneider’s Oktoberfest Sausages
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 lb. sauerkraut, drained
12 slices of bacon, chopped
1 beer (you’ll use most of it)
3 Tbsp caraway seeds

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Heat the olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan on medium-high, cook the sausage until it is browned on all sides, remove the sausages from pan to a paper towel-lined plate and drain all fat from the pan.

Add the onion and bacon to the pan and cook until onions have softened and bacon is cooked. De-glaze the pan with about half of the beer and make sure to get up all the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Cook until liquid is reduced by about half.

Add the sauerkraut and mix well.
Add the caraway seeds and mix well.

Cook on medium-high for 10 to 15 minutes.

Put the sauerkraut mixture in a deep 9” x 13” pan. Cut all the sausage in half and arrange on the top of the casserole.** (can be made-ahead up to this point)
Add a little more beer to the casserole.
Cover with foil and cook for about 45 minutes…until the sauerkraut is heated through and bubbly.
Serve hot, with mustard and a soft-baked pretzel on the side.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:

For the last couple of Thanksgivings, along with our turkey dinner, I have made a version of this casserole. This year I wrote down exact measurements and it turned out great.

I do this casserole a day ahead up to ** (marked in the recipe) putting the mixture in the 9x13 casserole dish. Cover and refrigerate.
The next day I will take it out of the refrigerator and bring it back to room temperature. Then add a little beer, cover with foil and put in the 350-degree oven to re-heat. It'll take from 45 to 60 minutes.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Oktoberfest!!! Ein Prosit!!!




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