Sauerkraut german style

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Sauerkraut german style

For 4 servings:

1 kg sauerkrautfinely cut
100 g smoked vegan bacon (or smoked tofu), finely cut
2 bay leaves
10-15  peppercorns
5 allspice berries (juniper corns)
2-3 tablespoons olive oil

Rinse the cabbage  with cold water to remove the excess of salt.

Put the sauerkraut  in a saucepan, add the bay leaves, peppercorns, juniper corns and  the vegan smoked bacon (or the smoked tofu). Add water enough to cover.

Cover and simmer on medium heat until the cabbage is done and the water has evaporated (if needed  add a little bit more water on the way).

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Sauerkraut german style

At the end add the oil and mix well.

Serve as side dish with vegetables, soy, tofu, seitan (in the picture below it is served with German potato).

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Sauerkraut german style

Soy romanian sarmale


For approx. 35 sarmale:

1 medium sauerkraut/ cabbage

For the filling:
125 g of dry soy granules
100 g rice
2 onions, finely chopped
4 tablespoons mix seasoning
2 teaspoons  paprika powder
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons oil

For the sauce:

4-5 tablespoons tomato paste/ 1 can diced tomatoes
juice of 1 lemon (for the cabbage version)

If the sauerkraut is too salty  leave it half an hour in cold water than drain.

If you use cabbage soak each  leaf in boiling water until softens (otherwise it will break when rolled). Drain.

Soak the soy granules  in 150 ml  water for 10 minutes (or as indicated on the package).

Heat the oil in a saucepan and stir fry the onions for 2-3 minutes then add the rice and cover with water. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pan. Allow to cool a little bit.

Add the soy granules, the mix seasoning, paprika powder, thyme, 2 tablespoons tomato puree and the parsley. Mix well.

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Filling for the sarmale

Place 1-2 tablespoons of the filling into the center of each cabbage leaf and roll.


Finely cut the rest of the sauerkraut/cabbage. Divide it into two equal parts. Put one part of finely cuted sauerkraut/cabbage into a souppan, place the rolls on top and cover with the rest of sauerkraut/cabbage.


Dissolve the rest of the tomato puree  in two glasses of water and pour over cabbage rolls (if you use cabbage than add the lemon juice too).

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Romanian soy sarmale

Cover and cook the cabbage rolls for approx. 30-45 minutes.

Serve hot with polenta.

Variation : Instead of dried soy garnules you can use only rice  (300 g) adding finely chopped  mushrooms or grated carrots.

Fried sauerkraut

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Fried sauerkraut

1 kg sauerkraut, finely cut
6 tablespoons oil
3 teaspoons paprika powder
10-15 peppercorns
If the sauerkraut is too salty soak it half an hour in cold water than drain well.

Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the sauerkraut and the peppercorns. Stir frequently because it sticks to the bottom of the pan. When the water has evaporated and the sauerkraut has a golden color add the paprika powder and, if needed, extra grounded pepper, to taste.

Serve  with polenta, fresh chili  or as side dish.

Cabbage stew

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Cabbage stew

For 3-4 servings:

1 medium cabbage, finely chopped
2 onions, chopped
1/2 kg fresh tomatoes, chopped / 1 can diced tomatoes
1 bunch of dill
1 teaspoon paprika powder
fresh chilli pepper, finely chopped/chilli powder, to taste (optional)
2 tablespoons oil
salt and pepper

Stir fry the onions, in oil, for 2-3 minutes. Add the cabbage and very little water. Cover and simmer, stirring frequently. Add more water if needed. When the cabbage is softened add the tomatoes, paprika powder and the chilli/chilli powder. Cook for another 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with finely cut dill.

Serve with polenta/bread or various dishes of tofu/soy/seitan.

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