sau·​er·​kraut | \ ˈsau̇(-ə)r-ˌkrau̇t How to pronounce sauerkraut (audio) \

Definition of sauerkraut

: cabbage cut fine and fermented in a brine made of its own juice with salt

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Dobre Pierogi's range $12-$16 and are available in a variety of flavors, including potato-Cheddar, potato-onion or just plain sauerkraut. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Her fancy pierogi are a hit at farmers markets; now she has a store," 1 July 2019 Think smoked pork barbecue, cheese, charcuterie, German brats with sauerkraut, apples and caramel, and cocktails. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "5,000 pumpkins and a pumpkin-covered bridge: Newfields unveils Harvest festival details," 21 Feb. 2019 Harvest Roots uses Alabama’s edible plants to make fermented products like kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut. Anna Claire Vollers |,, "After the abortion ban and #BoycottAlabama, small businesses struggle to find ‘a new normal’," 17 July 2019 Lots of dishes are made with Night Shift beer, such as the Reuben flatbread with sauerkraut, black pastrami, mozzarella, red onions, and Morph IPA., "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 20 June 2019 In her mind — and for anyone who’s eaten a sidewalk Sabrett in New York — that meant with mustard, sauerkraut and red onion sauce. Michael Mayo,, "Pastrami revival? Wave of delis open in South Florida, blending old and new," 11 July 2019 Look for fermented foods, like sauerkraut, tempeh, and miso, as well as Greek yogurt with at least five strains of bacterial cultures added to it. Good Housekeeping, "Exactly What to Eat to Boost Your Immune System, According to a Registered Dietitian," 30 Jan. 2019 Order breakfast and lunch at the deli counter, from a menu similar to the original: corned beef on rye with Swiss, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island ($13); pulled pork with sweet slaw ($12); pastrami with pickle mustard ($13). Kara Baskin,, "All the meat you could eat and much more at the revived Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions," 27 June 2019 My companion ordered a tangy, sauerkraut-dripping Reuben sandwich on local sourdough and jackfruit tacos with snappy jalapeño aioli to go. Erin E. Williams, Twin Cities, "Stunning vistas, modern museums, quirky shops make Reno a favorite for tourists," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of sauerkraut

1617, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sauerkraut

German, from sauer sour + Kraut greens

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English Language Learners Definition of sauerkraut

: a German food made of a vegetable (called a cabbage) that is cut into small pieces and soaked in a salty and sour liquid


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Kids Definition of sauerkraut

: finely cut cabbage soaked in a salty mixture

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