Alsatian Choucroute Garni
Choucroute garni combines the smoky flavors of several sorts of sausage, pork butt, and thick-cut bacon with the pungent perfume of sauerkraut, bay leaves, juniper berries, and caraway seeds.
- Servings: 8
Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2006
- 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon whole juniper berries
- 4 whole cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 1/2 teaspoon whole caraway seeds
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 6 garlic cloves, crushed
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 pound double-smoked bacon, cut into 1-inch-thick slices
- 1/2 pound fresh bacon or salt pork (in 1 piece)
- 1 1/4 pounds smoked pork butt, sliced crosswise into 1-inch-thick pieces
- 4 pounds fresh sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
- 1 bottle (750 mL) dry Riesling
- 8 medium red or Yukon gold potatoes, or a combination (about 1 1/2 pounds total), peeled if desired
- 8 small carrots, peeled
- 3 coarse-textured smoked pork sausages, such as Hungarian kielbasa, bauerwurst, or smoked bratwurst (12 ounces total)
- 3 fine-textured pork-and-beef sausages, such as knockwurst or frankfurters (12 ounces total)
- 3 mild-spiced fine-textured white vealand-pork sausages, such as weisswurst or bockwurst (12 ounces total)
- Fresh parsley sprigs, for garnish
- Variety of mustards, for serving
Make a spice bundle: Place spices, bay leaves, and garlic on a square of cheesecloth; tie into bundle with kitchen twine.
Heat oil in a very large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add bacon, pork butt, and spice bundle. Cover with sauerkraut. Add wine and enough water to come 1 inch below sauerkraut. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover, and simmer 45 minutes.
Add potatoes and carrots. Cover; cook until almost tender, about 20 minutes.
Using a skewer or the tip of a paring knife, poke a few holes into each sausage to prevent them from bursting. Place kielbasa in a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook, turning often, until browned, about 8 minutes. Put all sausages into the Dutch oven; cover, and cook until heated through, about 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausages and vegetables to a plate. Drain sauerkraut, and arrange on a serving platter. Arrange sausages and vegetables on top. Garnish with parsley, and serve with mustards.