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Sauerkraut and Thyme Potato Gratin

 sauerkraut adn thyme potato gratin

Finding a way to utilize sauerkraut in vegetarian cooking is a challenge.  Still, I set myself to the task, and came up with 3 recipes which are absolutely fantastic.  

We all know, sauerkraut normally pairs so well with things like pastrami and German sausages.  Did you also know, that it is extremely good for you?  It is rich in vitamin C, B and K, calcium and magnesium.  Being a fermented food, it also works to optimize your immune system and remove bodily toxins.  So, even if it's covered in cheese, at least we can feel good about that! 

Upon much brainstorming, and a few tests in the kitchen, I now present you with my first of 3 amazing, vegetarian, sauerkraut recipes.

'Sauerkraut & Thyme Potato Gratin'
horseradish and thyme potato gratin

4-5 Yukon Gold Potatoes, sliced 1/4 of an inch thick.
1 cup sauerkraut
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 clove garlic, diced
1/2 red onion, sliced
A few sprigs of Thyme
Olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Pre-heat the oven to 375 F.
1. Grease a casserole dish with olive oil.
2.  Arrange a layer of potatoes on the bottom.  This should use up half of your potatoes.
3. Sprinkle the garlic on top.
4. Next, add the sauerkraut. 
5. Top it with half of the Parmesan and Cheddar cheeses.
6. Next, add the onion and Thyme.
7.  Then, another layer of Potatoes.
8. Top it with the rest of your Parmesan and cheddar cheeses. 
 9. Cover it in tinfoil, and bake covered for 45 minutes.
10. Remove the tinfoil, and continue to bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until golden.
 Serve warm.
 As you can see, it cuts beautifully and has the perfect texture.  With many Potato Gratin recipes, a liquid cohesive property is included, such as eggs and milk or cream and broth.  Do not do that when using sauerkraut in the dish.  I tried that the first time I made this, and though it did taste wonderful, it was far too liquid in presentation.  Instead, leave that out, and get a smooth, yet crusty eating experience with tons of undiluted flavor.
Bon Appetite!

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