Oktoberfest Stew And Shiny, Happy People

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It kind of makes me chuckle, but fall brings out the “eager participant” in me. It’s not that I’m otherwise antisocial, per se; I’m just typically not the biggest fan of large crowds, or going to gatherings where people get packed-in together like sardines in a tin can. For some mystical reason, as the cooler seasons move in, I actually start to crave the opportunities for my family and I to gather together with others of a similar mindset; others that simply have a spirit to celebrate a little, and enjoy the merriment and lightness of life. I’m pretty sure that the good beers, mulled drinks and hearty foods of this time of year don’t hurt, especially when they’re so very much a part of most festivities worth their salt (and pepper); and one such festivity that my husband and I have recently grown to really enjoy is Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest Lager Stew

Last year’s was the first Oktoberfest celebration that my husband and I had ever attended. We didn’t know what to expect really, but were excited to drive the ten minutes north to a small, cozy town in the foothills where they’ve made it a point to celebrate a family-friendly annual Oktoberfest for the past thirty-five years now. We had decided that this would be a great way of getting into the mix with other members of our community, and see what the fuss over Oktoberfest was all about. We kind of giggled at the thought of watching the Dachshund (or “weiner dog”, as we like to call them) races, and listening to the authentic German music played by precious old-timers. We anticipated the air being thick with savory smoke from the Brats being grilled on the open flames, and the smell of foamy, cold beer as it flowed from the taps of the local restaurant vendors that were participating in the festivities. And all of that was just as we imagined, plus some. When we pulled into the public parking just as the faint sun finally dipped out of site, we were pleasantly surprised to rather quickly find a great parking spot, and then made our way into the happy crowd that wandered around on the closed-off street. Right away we felt such an innocent cheerfulness in our hearts, and big smiles became plastered onto our faces as we watched elderly couples dancing merrily together, joyfully in step with the “oom-pa-pa, oom-pa-pa” music swirling in the atmosphere. People were clapping their hands, and nodding their heads along with the musicians that played for them; and children, some dressed festively in little green lederhosen and caps, ran around through the crowd, chasing one another, most of them with sticky goodies in hand. Walking down the street through the middle of the celebration we indeed salivated over the savory bratwursts that were popping, sizzling and hissing gloriously on the hot grills, then being placed in toasted buns and piled high with the slightly vinegary, crisp sauerkraut; we could smell that golden scent of fries and sweet things as they wafted through the air. Ah, this was good, clean fun, by golly! We were enjoying every minute of it. And we looked forward to going back again this year for more.

Oktoberfest Lager Stew

Oktoberfest is kind of like the kick-off celebration of the early fall. It’s just a little taste of the season and of the festivities yet to come. The crisp, cool air brings out good folks who just want to mix together with other good folks and share some fun over tasty food and perhaps a beer; they want to mingle together like the ingredients of a hearty, warming stew in a joyful way, expressed in the smiles on their faces and in their voices as they sing along with the little band of German old-timers, even in the way they dance together with complete abandon. People sure can be heart-warming and precious sometimes. They can be a pleasure to observe. And maybe it takes a jovial celebration like Oktoberfest to see just how much flavor we each bring, in our own unique way, to this tasty stew that is life.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.

Ingrid

Oktoberfest Lager Stew

Oktoberfest Lager Stew with Sausage, Potatoes, Caramelized Onions and Golden Cabbage
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(Serves about 4, entrée servings)

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (14 ounce) package beef smoked sausage, cut into bite-size slices
1 ½ onion, sliced into thin semi-circles
½ head small cabbage, halved again, cored and thinly sliced
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground caraway seeds
• Pinch salt
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1cup German-style lager beer (Oktoberfest variety)
2 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed to bite-size pieces
2 ½ cups hot chicken stock
1 ½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Preparation:

-Place a medium-large pot over medium-high heat, and add the olive oil; once the oil is hot, add in the sliced beef smoked sausage, and allow the slices to caramelize and brown in the oil, for about 4-5 minutes; once the sausage is browned, add in the sliced onions, stir, and allow the onions to caramelize with the sausage for another few minutes, until golden-brown and softened; once onions are caramelized, add in the sliced cabbage, stir to combine, and allow the cabbage to soften and take on the flavors of the sausage and onions for  few minutes; once the cabbage is softened and golden, add in the black pepper, ground caraway seeds and the pinch of salt, and stir to combine; next, stir in the garlic, and once it becomes aromatic, add in the cup of lager, and stir the mixture to combine; allow the beer to slightly reduce for about 3 minutes or so; next, add in the cubed potatoes and the hot chicken stock, stir, and allow the mixture to come to the boil; once it comes to the boil, place a lid on (slightly askew to allow just a little steam to escape), and reduce the heat to low to gently simmer the stew for about 40 minutes; after the 40 minutes, turn the heat off, and finish the stew by stirring in the apple cider vinegar and the chopped parsley (add more salt if necessary, too).

-Serve in large bowls with some hearty, rye bread or rustic rolls with butter or cream cheese.





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  • Karen October 12, 2012, 12:51 pm

    As a first generation German, I totally agree with you about the festive air and gemütlichkeit that surrounds Oktoberfest celebrations! Your stew will be on my table this week as it captures the very essence of the season and joy of Autumn. Thank you for such an eloquent and accurate description of not only Oktoberfest but what is in the hearts of German people everywhere.

    • The Cozy Apron October 12, 2012, 2:06 pm

      Thank you, Karen – my pleasure! And I’m thrilled to read that the stew will be making an appearance on your dinner table this week; I think you’ll really enjoy the flavors, and I’d love to know how it turns out for you.

  • Tiffany October 23, 2012, 8:35 pm

    That was amazing!!!!!!!!! My husband loved it. I will be making that again :) thank you!

    • The Cozy Apron October 23, 2012, 9:40 pm

      Tiffany, so thrilled that this was a hit for you! Thank you for coming back to share your experience with me.

  • lisa jack October 24, 2012, 7:10 am

    My daughter is allergic to everything so with only a minor modification, I can make this for my family….so excited!!! Thank you!

  • Megan Willet October 26, 2012, 10:33 am

    Could this be made in a crockpot? Thank you for the recipe.

    • The Cozy Apron October 26, 2012, 1:59 pm

      Hi Megan, that’s a great question. What I would say is this: a very important part of creating the flavor and “depth” of this stew is that the ingredients are first caramelized in the pot until a rich, golden-brown; and once that happens, the beer’s added and it needs to reduce to once again add more depth. The stew only needs to cook/simmer for about 40 minutes, so it’s not really long cooking, and my concern is that if done in a crockpot, it may end up missing some of the “richness”.

      • Megan Willet October 27, 2012, 10:02 am

        Thank you for your fast reply. You make a good point. I may try to carmelize on high in the CP – then add the beer and turn it to low and see what happens. If I try it, I will let you know. :)

  • Megan Willet November 1, 2012, 2:29 pm

    So I did make this in the crockpot and we really loved it. If anyone wants to do it in the crockpot, I put the onions and sausage in first – on high for an hour – then turned to low, added everything else except the vinegar and parsley. I cooked it on low for about 6-7 hours. Right before serving I added the vinegar and parsley. Yum! Thank you again for the recipe.

    • The Cozy Apron November 1, 2012, 4:11 pm

      Megan, so glad you went ahead and tried this recipe out in the crockpot, and that it turned out well for you! And thanks for coming back to share your steps with others that may also like to do the same.

  • lisa jack November 4, 2012, 5:09 pm

    So delicious, even my 4 and 2 yo ate it!!!
    I made ham stock and that was my only modification. Thx for a great recipe!!!

    • The Cozy Apron November 4, 2012, 5:55 pm

      Hi Lisa, I love it when the little ones enjoy the food, too – thanks for your comments!

  • Ashley Blackwell November 10, 2012, 4:25 pm

    This turned out to be so yummy!! If it has cabbage and smoked sausage in it I am all about it!
    You are great writer btw :-)

    • The Cozy Apron November 10, 2012, 7:43 pm

      Hi Ashley, so glad you liked this! And thank you for your kind words.

  • Judy Tyndall November 18, 2012, 9:30 am

    I’m so excited to make this! It looks so much like my German mother’s potato soup she would always make with left overs! She never added the cabbage but that should only add more flavor! She would also smash some of the potatoes to thicken the soup. Do you do that as well? On my way to the store now! Danke for sharing!

    • The Cozy Apron November 18, 2012, 1:46 pm

      Hi Judy, I love having your “real time preparation” comment here, haha! To answer your question, I don’t smash the potatoes, but I don’t see why you couldn’t – heck, do it just as a homage to your mother, if you so desire! Truly hope you enjoy.

      • Judy November 18, 2012, 2:49 pm

        YUM! Made it, smashed some, loved it! Serving it to my mother tonight! Thank you :)You now have a lifelong follower!

        • The Cozy Apron November 18, 2012, 5:42 pm

          That’s so great, Judy – hope your momma enjoys! And thanks for following!

  • Linda November 18, 2012, 4:54 pm

    I am not a beer drinker at all so have no knowledge of it, especially German beer. What would you recommend?

    • The Cozy Apron November 18, 2012, 5:51 pm

      Linda, funny enough, I’m not the biggest beer drinker, either (go figure with a last name like mine); just look for something called a “lager” beer on the label – a darker amber color, if possible. (I actually found one that was an Oktoberfest-style lager, though those may now not be as available) If you still have trouble, do what I do when it comes to beer, and ask a store clerk for a little help – they’re usually happy to help you find what you’re looking for, or at least something close to it.

  • Tamie December 2, 2012, 6:23 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight – it’s delicious! Thank you!

  • Lyn January 28, 2013, 6:59 am

    This recipe looks great and I am definitely going to try it. Quick question – if I cannot find beef smoked sausage, are there alternatives you could list? Thanks!

    • The Cozy Apron January 28, 2013, 3:48 pm

      Hi Lyn! You can use pork/beef kielbasa as well, or a hearty-type of sausage – really, anything that you like and has a little “smokiness”, if possible. You’d most likely be able to find it in the sausage/hot dog section of your grocery store.

  • Debbi September 22, 2013, 1:19 pm

    Just made this….used Sam Adams Oktoberfest and it smells and tastes amazing!!!!! Thank you!

    ~Debbi

    • The Cozy Apron September 22, 2013, 5:47 pm

      Hi Debbie, my pleasure! Thanks for sharing your results with me; hope you enjoy!

  • Laura September 23, 2013, 1:51 pm

    Cannot wait to try this recipe! Looks fantastic!

  • Leah September 25, 2013, 7:11 pm

    I’m a new subscriber to your blog. I have scoured over your amazing recipes and this just had to be the first to try. I made this tonight, super easy and AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. My hubby initially didn’t look all too thrilled with the idea of this soup that he called “poor mans soup” devoured 3 bowls and requested that I make it again tomorrow night! Sold! Super excited about trying more of your recipes!

    • The Cozy Apron September 26, 2013, 2:27 pm

      Hi Leah! I always sort of chuckle to myself when I read the comments from the wives about the husbands initially not being too sure what it is that they’re getting for dinner until they taste it and want more – love it! ;-) It looks like the next time you plan on making this “poor man’s soup” (I love that, by the way!), you’d best make a double portion, or you just may not get any! Thanks for commenting, and I’m thrilled to have you as a subscriber; I hope you enjoy many more recipes!

  • Lindsay September 26, 2013, 1:16 pm

    This looks amazing! I cannot wait to try it!! I saw this recipe about a week ago and I’ve been dying to go grocery shopping again so that I can buy the ingredients to make this! Plus the weather is cooling down in Ohio — so it’s perfect!

    • The Cozy Apron September 26, 2013, 5:30 pm

      Aw, that’s really touching to me, Lindsay! It sounds like fall has officially started in Ohio – how wonderful! I wish it was cooler here in LA already, as fall is my favorite time of year. I hope you get to make this truly comforting and savory stew soon! Enjoy!

  • Jacquelyn September 28, 2013, 4:08 pm

    I used guinness, sweet potatoes, and 3 sausages I had on hand (a chicken sausage, a breakfast sausage, and venison summer sausage) and this was fantastic. The flavor is amazing. Will use again, thank you!

    • The Cozy Apron September 30, 2013, 3:36 pm

      Hi Jacquelyn! That must have been very interesting with the sweet potatoes, and the Guinness probably added a nice, deep and dark flavor to it all. So happy you enjoyed the flavors in this comforting, cool-weather friend!

  • Sarah October 1, 2013, 9:39 am

    Should the potatoes be cooked or raw when you add them to the soup?

    • The Cozy Apron October 1, 2013, 1:06 pm

      Hi Sarah! The potatoes should be raw when you add them into the pot, as they will cook while in the stew. Hope you enjoy! :-)

  • Beverly October 11, 2013, 11:56 am

    This stew is amazing! My whole family loved it! I doubled the recipe and had just one small bowl for leftovers. I’m going to look over your other recipes right now to find more wonderful-ness!

    • The Cozy Apron October 11, 2013, 5:22 pm

      Aw, that is so very sweet, Beverly! Thanks so much for sharing that with me; and yes, please go and peruse the recipes! I think you may find some more cozy and comforting dishes to share with your family! :-)

  • Kirsten October 11, 2013, 5:53 pm

    Saw your recipe posted on Pinterest today and emailed my boyfriend the photo of your dish and wrote that this looked like something to make for dinner one night next week. Well, when he received the email, he called me up and said let’s make this tonight. Just finished eating it – we both had seconds and have another meal left that we can’t wait to enjoy. What a wonderful, yet easy dish! Thank you, thank you and I can’t wait to check out some of your other amazing recipes.

    • The Cozy Apron October 12, 2013, 8:16 am

      Hi Kirsten! I have to tell you that I just love it when people share with me how they came across a recipe of mine, and their entire experience with it. And it always makes me so happy when the recipe ends up being something truly enjoyed, especially by a couple or a family. Thanks so much for sharing that with me, and I really hope you get the chance to check out some more recipes, and enjoy them with your honey!

  • Michelle October 12, 2013, 6:34 pm

    I have made this stew twice now in the last two weeks and I absolutely love it! Wonderful Fall recipe! I have shared it with everyone I can think of and pinned it on Pinterest as well. This will be a favorite for years to come.

    • The Cozy Apron October 13, 2013, 6:54 pm

      Well thanks so very much, Michelle! I’m so glad to read how much your like this stew, and really appreciate you sharing it with others so that they, too, can enjoy it! :-)

  • brittney October 18, 2013, 6:11 pm

    Used keystone instead of lager……. bad idea.

  • katrina October 21, 2013, 4:32 pm

    What are your thoughts on sauerkraut instead of raw cabbage?

    • The Cozy Apron October 21, 2013, 10:07 pm

      Hi Katrina, I happen to love sauerkraut, so I would say give it a try! I think it’d probably be delicious – just keep in mind that the kraut will be a lot more sour than the fresh cabbage, so do rinse it well (unless you like it that strong) before adding it. Hope you enjoy!

  • Shannon October 24, 2013, 5:51 pm

    I usually don’t ever follow a recipe, but I did every step for this and it was delicious! I wouldn’t change a thing! Thank you for posting this, my boyfriend LOVED it!

    • The Cozy Apron October 24, 2013, 6:36 pm

      Hi Shannon, aren’t you glad you did this time? :-) I’m beaming that both you & your boyfriend enjoyed the recipe – thanks for sharing!

  • Jennifer October 25, 2013, 1:21 pm

    Is there anything that I could substitute for the caraway seeds? I didn’t think to pick them up at the store.

    • The Cozy Apron October 25, 2013, 3:57 pm

      Hi Jennifer! Please don’t let the absence of caraway seeds stop you from going ahead with this stew – though they add that slight peppery/nutty note, you can leave them out and still have a fabulous stew. Hope you enjoy!

  • Andrea October 28, 2013, 7:00 pm

    This is in my dutch oven on the stovetop right now, and I can’t WAIT till it’s done! Forty minutes is too long! :) My kids all help me chop everything, which made them that much more excited to eat it. Had to educate the little ones about how the alcohol is cooked out of the beer, making it okay for kids to eat. :) This is the first cool day of fall in our area, and the PERFECT day to try this out. Thanks!

    • The Cozy Apron October 29, 2013, 11:52 am

      Andrea, I can just imagine you in the kitchen with your little ones! And when people share with me that their kids participated in helping prepare one of my recipes, I am so deeply touched; I think it’s a great way to connect and to teach, just as you explained to them about the alcohol cooking out. So glad you came to share your comments with me! Hope you all enjoyed your dinner…

  • Jamie November 5, 2013, 3:58 pm

    Just wanted to say how great this was! I got the recommendation from my sister-in-law, and I’m so thankful! I just love when you take a risk and it turns out great. I love everything in this stew… the texture of the potatoes, the flavor soaked cabbage and onions, the tangy touch of vinegar and the hearty sausage… PERFECT! My family loved it, even my skeptical 7 year old! I look forward to looking through your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • The Cozy Apron November 5, 2013, 5:13 pm

      It is absolutely my pleasure Jamie! And thank YOU for coming back to offer such a rave review of your experience! See how delicious taking risks can be sometimes? :-) Please do check out more of the recipes – I think you’ll find more to experiment with!

  • Jessica H November 14, 2013, 7:44 pm

    I made this soup twice and love it! Personally, I like it a lot more without the apple cider vinegar at the end. If anyone is not sure, taste first and consider if you need to add it. It made it a little too sour for my preference. I used two different lager beers each time. Both tasted great. I also doubled this recipe and cooked everything a little longer than recommended to really get some good color. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  • The Cozy Apron November 15, 2013, 4:17 pm

    Hey Jessica, that’s great! I’m always happy to read when people make/adjust recipes to their personal preference. Thanks so much for commenting on your experience, and it was my pleasure to share this recipe!

  • Kayla November 20, 2013, 1:08 pm

    I may not have read down far enough, but has anyone tried this with fennel seeds? Had a heck of a time finding caraway.

    • The Cozy Apron November 20, 2013, 4:48 pm

      Hi Kayla! I would not recommend using fennel seeds, as that will make the flavor completely different, and quite “licorice-y” – not good for this stew. Just omit the caraway seeds altogether if you can’t find them, and you’ll be just fine! Hope you enjoy this one!

  • Trisha November 23, 2013, 5:17 pm

    I found this recipe on Pinterest awhile ago and I finally tried it. It was delicious! Great recipe, I will definitely make this again.

  • Heather Duprez December 21, 2013, 2:37 pm

    I made this meal for my family a few months ago. We absolutely loved it, and it is now a family favorite. I am making it again tonight for some family that is coming into town. Delicious!

    • The Cozy Apron December 22, 2013, 8:41 am

      Hi Heather, this is truly the perfect meal to share with family— thanks so much for coming by to share with me that you’re enjoying this recipe so much!

  • Margaret December 27, 2013, 8:08 am

    This was amazing!!!! Huge hit, made a few adjustments due to some not liking cabbage and lager, but my substitutions worked wonderfully and I’ve made like 3 times already! Thank you!!

  • Jessica H January 3, 2014, 4:20 pm

    Where do you find ground caraway seeds? I’m having trouble grinding them well with my mortar and pestle.

    • The Cozy Apron January 3, 2014, 4:53 pm

      Hi Jessica, if you happen to have a spice or coffee grinder, then that would work great; if they sell the pre-ground seeds, then they’d be there next to the whole. You can just grind them as best as you can – that’s good enough. Leaving them whole would actually be fine, too – no worries.

  • Lindsay January 6, 2014, 10:27 am

    Plan to try this tonight with kale, smoked turkey sausage, and Sam Adams light lager. ( I try to lighten up with out sacrificing the integrity of the dish) Sounds like a great winter recipe, can’t wait!

  • Samantha March 2, 2014, 6:31 pm

    I found this recipe through Food-Gawker (LOVE that site) and I am making this tonight for our weekly Charity get together. I have never cooked with beer before, so I am really excited about this one! Also have to make a vegetarian version, thinking maybe tofu and some nice smokey spices. I will let you know how we go

  • Samantha March 3, 2014, 2:29 pm

    Made this last night, it was so delicious! Also made a vegetarian version with vege sausages, had to add some extra spices but they both turned out really well. We served ours with the bread and cream cheese – I’m putting this in my secret recipe book!

  • John April 2, 2014, 6:08 am

    This was amazingly good and so easy!

    Made a couple subsitutes because I didn’t have everything around:
    -ground cumin instead of caraway seeds.
    -light beer
    -Morteau sausage (traditional french sausage) instead of beef

    The stew cooked quickly, tasted sweet and was truly comforting. Great recipe.

    • The Cozy Apron April 2, 2014, 3:18 pm

      John, how wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing that. So glad you enjoyed, and that the substitutions that you used worked well for you! Thanks for taking a moment to come back and comment.

  • Malyssa August 19, 2014, 4:59 pm

    In the process of making this for dinner and it smells & looks amazing!!! We shall see what the husband & step daughter (she was German born & lived there most of her life) think of this! I am very excited :D Even made some french bread to go with it!

    • The Cozy Apron August 20, 2014, 5:50 am

      Malyssa, I hope that you all enjoyed! Thanks so much for sharing with me.

  • Sharon Spicker September 25, 2014, 6:31 pm

    We just had this for dinner. It may be the best recipe I’ve gotten from Pinterest yet! Absolutely delicious! Easy to make with on-hand ingredients. The hubster loved it, too. It will be made again – and again!

    • The Cozy Apron September 26, 2014, 9:13 am

      Sharon, that’s wonderful! Especially when the “hubster” loves it, too, right? :-) So glad you’re both enjoying this recipe, and I’ll take it as a big compliment that it may be the best recipe you’ve gotten off of Pinterest—how cool!

  • Michelle September 27, 2014, 3:42 pm

    Fall is officially here and the first thing I thought of is this stew! I looked back through all my recipes on Pinterest to find this one again. This time I am printing it for my recipe book! I don’t ever want to lose it!

    • The Cozy Apron September 27, 2014, 4:46 pm

      Hi Michelle, what a precious comment! I’m honored that you thought of this recipe, and that you feel it’s worth having on hand to prepare whenever you feel like it. Hope you enjoy the fall season, and enjoy many bowls of this comfy-cozy stew!

  • Deb October 5, 2014, 4:45 am

    Making this tonight- would like to take to a potluck on Tuesday. Does it refrigerate and reheat well?

    • The Cozy Apron October 5, 2014, 9:25 am

      Yes, Deb! And the best part? It’ll actually taste even better—richer, because all of those flavors will have deepened and developed! That’s the beautiful thing about a good stew/soup. Hope you enjoy!

  • Cyndee October 5, 2014, 1:07 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe!! Though… I added carrots because it really felt like they belonged in there!! In fact, they SCREAMED to join the party! :)

    • The Cozy Apron October 5, 2014, 9:46 pm

      My pleasure! And whatever makes a recipe unique to you is what cooking’s all about, Cyndee—thanks for sharing your twist.

  • Valerie October 5, 2014, 5:09 pm

    This recipe is just perfect! Such a wonderful combination of flavors. The only thing I did differently was to add a couple of peeled chopped apples to the pot just when the potatoes were about half way done. It just adds a hint of sweetness, and complements the cabbage and sausage really well. Thanks so much for pinning. I will definitely be making this again!

  • Elizabeth October 19, 2014, 5:27 pm

    Made this tonight after discovering it on Pinterest. It is definitely a keeper! So flavorful and savory! We had pretzel dinner rolls with it, and it was a wonderful compliment. I love that this stew was pretty simple and cheap to make too! Thank you so much!!!!

    • The Cozy Apron October 20, 2014, 5:48 am

      Elizabeth, this is perfect with pretzel dinner rolls—great idea! I’m so glad you this was simple & affordable, and that you and your family enjoyed this!

  • Cate October 20, 2014, 8:48 am

    I made this for dinner last night and it was amazing!! Thanks for a great recipe!

    • The Cozy Apron October 20, 2014, 2:29 pm

      My pleasure, Cate! Thanks for taking a moment to share your experience with me!

  • Kathi October 21, 2014, 11:18 am

    Hi Ingrid! I discovered your site from a makezine posting… Made this stew for dinner last night… it was sooooooooooo wonderful, tasty, hearty, delicious… my family and I loved it! After 4 of us ate, there is just one small serving left- lunch today! Hurray for me!! On your home page, all of your recent posts and recipes, I want to make every single one! Every. Single. One. I am so happy to have found you and our site!! Sooo looking forward to making and serving your amazing recipes! My family and I thank you!! Happy Autumn to you- :)

    • The Cozy Apron October 21, 2014, 3:51 pm

      Kathi, your comments made me smile!! Thanks so much for sharing with me your experience, and I’m so very excited that you plan on making all of the recent recipes! Please let me know how things go…. Happy Autumn!! :-)

  • skj1026 November 12, 2014, 3:16 pm

    Hi! I made this recipe last night for dinner! It was quite delicious. I grew up with polish style food, so this had all the right ingredients! Comfort food no doubt and it smelled like heaven while cooking (especially after adding the beer, I used a Yuengling). I was wondering what type of kielbasa you used though, as mine did not have that much flavor. I used beef kielbasa by Hillshire Farms. Did you (or anyone else) try something different? I was hoping for a stronger smokey sausage flavor. Let me know! Thanks:) Sarah

    • The Cozy Apron November 13, 2014, 7:08 am

      Hi! So glad you enjoyed this, and thank you for your comments. I would say that if you’re looking for more smokiness, go the route of a butcher shop and request a nice, smokey kielbasa; they’d know which one the give you. Sometimes when the sausage is prepared in a shop, it’s more pungent and rich. Otherwise, you could always add a very tiny amount of liquid smoke— you can buy that in the seasoning section of most stores. It’s quite potent, so a very small drizzle would give you a bit more of that smokey flavor.

  • Rachel November 12, 2014, 6:52 pm

    Just made this tonight and my family LOVED it!! ;) Since they didn’t want cabbage I chopped up a stalk of celery and 2 carrots and it was delish. They actually said they wouldn’t mind trying cabbage in it next time! This one is going in my recipe book, soo glad I found this on pintrest and I cant wait to try more of your recipes. ;-)

    • The Cozy Apron November 13, 2014, 7:10 am

      Hi Rachel, that’s great! And if it’s at all possible to make this “as is” with the cabbage, you must try that. (It’s a very different flavor profile with celery and carrot.) So if they’re willing, it would be great if you could actually have the experience of this recipe, as it is! :-) So glad you’re going to try more recipes, too.

  • Martha Vacaflor November 18, 2014, 4:51 pm

    Es la primera vez que cocine este delicioso plato Aleman, que para mi y mi esposo nos encanto un manjar. Por lo menos cocinare una vez por mes, y es facil de hacer gracias mil…

  • Sherry November 22, 2014, 5:57 pm

    Wonderful recipe! Made it this afternoon and it’s delicious. In addition to the smoked sausage, I also used some fresh pork “spicy” kielbasa from the butcher. It wasn’t spicy hot but full of flavor and complements the other ingredients well. I also chopped an apple and added it with the potatoes. Used Sam Adams Winter Lager since I couldn’t get the Oktoberfest variety. I didn’t grind the caraway seeds; just added them whole. We like our soups to be a little thicker than a broth, so I used my immersion blender on some of the potatoes and cabbage, then added a bit of cornstarch. Thanks for the great recipe for a cold fall night!

    • The Cozy Apron November 22, 2014, 8:11 pm

      Sherry, so glad you made this stew your own, and that you and your family enjoyed this! Thanks so much for taking a moment to share your experience with me!

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