Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sauerkraut, Ham and Kasha (slow cooker)

This isn't a complicated recipe, but it was delicious. Buckwheat groats, a.k.a. Kasha, are one of the healthiest and filling things you can eat, loaded with protein. Only this is, while I have had wonderful Kasha at Russian restaurants in the Far Northeast, mine always tastes like socks. However, toss it with sauerkraut and the flavor is much better (assuming you like sauerkraut).
  • 1 Bag Fresh Sauerkraut, rinsed
  • 1.5 lbs. smoked meat (I used the remannts of a ham and three smoked turkey drumsticks)
  • 1 tsp. caraway seeds and
  • tsp. thyme
  • 1.5 cups buckwheat groats
  • 2 cups stock
  • 2 tbs. butter


  1. Toss the first four ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low until meat is falling off bone. Remove bones.
  2. Put the groats, stock and butter in a saucepan, cover, bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes
  3. Add cooked groats to kraut and meat slowly (until it's about 1/3 kasha and 2/3 kraut.
  4. Season to taste.
  5. Eat.

Frugal Factor: Ridiculously cheap. $1 for the groats, $1.50 for the kraut, $2.75 for the turkey legs. That's $5.20 for four portions, or $1.31/portion.

1 comment:

Shoshanna Wiesner said...

mmmmm, socks. as much as I fear kasha, it's a good thing once you decide to go for it. Like brown rice, kale - all those wonderfully high fiber, protein, vitamin sources.