Beef with Kraut

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  • 2 to 3 pounds stew beef, flanken or ground meat (made into mini-meat balls)*
  • 1 (32 ounce) jar fresh sauerkraut
  • 1 (16 ounce) can tomato sauce (or an equal quantity of tomato mushroom sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (additional if making meat balls)
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds (optional)
  • Lemon juice or sugar (to taste) for adjustment of seasonings


  1. Combine all ingredients and cook slowly in a covered Dutch oven on top of the stove or in a 350 degree F oven for 2 to 4 hours (depending on the meat used).
  2. Adjust to taste by adding a little sugar or lemon juice.

Hint: Make a day ahead so that you can skim the fat.

If using ground meat add a little ketchup, water and seasoning of choice (garlic and/or onion powder, salt, pepper) to the meat before forming into balls.

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