Sauerkraut Crackers


I was so excited when my Baking Sheet came last week. My DH loves sauerkraut and there was a recipe for sauerkraut crackers in it. While I can't fathom eating one, I decided to surprise DH. Has anyone tried making them? The recipe states to drain, but not rinse 6 oz. of sauerkraut. I ended up having to remake the batch because it was too wet. For my second batch I sqeezed the sauerkraut dry and the crackers came out great. If anyone is familiar with this recipe, do you think I might have used the wrong kind of sauerkraut? It was packaged in a plastic type bag.

badge posted by: robinwaban on September 01, 2012 at 10:45 pm in General discussions
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reply by: hickeyja on September 02, 2012 at 12:39 am

Robin, I saw the recipe too, but have not tried it. I am sure the sauerkraut you used is fine. You probably just did not drain it long enough. Kraut tends to hold a lot of water, so it needs to sit a long time to drain or, as you did, squeezed to eliminate the excess water. Be sure to taste the crackers. I suspect that they will taste great, even if you are not a big fan of sauerkraut. Jan

reply by: pammyowl on September 02, 2012 at 6:54 am

They area common Czech cracker called Zelniky. The recipe I have in my Gzech cookbook includes the juice. I have never made it myself.

1 c. lard or shortening
51/4 g. flour
2 tsp. salt
1 lg. can sauerkraut 31/2 c.

mix shortening and flour well. Add salt and sauerkraut with juice, adding more flour if necessary. Roll out thinly, cut into pieces and bake at 425 until they are brown, flip over and brown the other side.

That is the recipe, word for word. As I said, I have never made them, but they are yummy. My MIL used to make them. I have no idea of the recipe you used, I don't get the baking sheet newsletter!

reply by: robinwaban on September 02, 2012 at 8:23 am

Hi Pammyowl
Your recipe does sound similar. The Baking Sheet used 3 oz of butter, no salt and caraway seeds. OK, I'll admit it, I did try one and it wasn't bad if you don't like sauerkraut. It had a bit of a tang, but I wouldn't be able to tell you it had sauerkraut if I hadn't made them. Wonder if Nutella would taste good on them. Nah. I'll skip the cracker and just eat plain Nutella. Yum!!!

reply by: pammyowl on September 02, 2012 at 8:29 am

Yum, caraway! I agree, they really don't taste of sauerkraut. Just a bit tangy. How much caraway was used?

reply by: robinwaban on September 02, 2012 at 9:14 am

1 tsp., but next to sauerkraut, my husband loves caraway, so I threw another half tsp. in!

reply by: pammyowl on September 02, 2012 at 9:27 am

Thanks, I'll make some too! I love caraway, DH not so much, his mother put caraway in so many things. His ultimate caraway story is he dropped in at his parents house and the dinner hour was approaching. They were having pork chops, potatoes and cabbage, every dish loaded with caraway. He had a burger. Who can blame him, really? (Giggle) I wouldn't want every dish studded with it, either!