Kraut Rocks! Win a Prize Pack!

I have gotten away from writing about food here. I’m not sure why. I love food. I love talking about food. I like watching TV shows about food. I love eating food. I don’t even really mind grocery shopping.

Today I want to talk about a food that you probably don’t spend too much time thinking about. Sauerkraut is an unsung hero people. Stop laughing! It really is! For example, did you know that sauerkraut cam boost your immune system? it totally can. During the fermentation process (and you probably didn’t even know kraut was fermented, did you?) phytochemicals are created that help your immune system work better.

Kraut can fight cancer. It can’t cure cancer, but numerous studies have shown that this Superfood is a cancer inhibitor. Not too shabby for a little fermented cabbage.

That’s not all sauerkraut can be used as a digestive aid and it is loaded with vitamin C and healthy bacterias.

If you are thinking, cool then, I’ll eat a lot of bratwurst and hotdogs, I want to come over, but there is so much more than that that you can do with sauerkraut. Chef Spike Mendlesohn (Remember him from Top Chef? And that one time I did the running man at the food bank? Mercifully, that video has been removed by the user so you will be forced to imagine my dance skills.) did an event in DC where local chefs created new dishes using kraut in very different ways.

You know what? I’ll let you listen to him talk about it.

I went to his Good Stuff Eatery in Capitol Hill (there are now three locations and more coming) to interview Chef Spike about sauerkraut. He was a great sport, even when I asked him inane questions.

Okay now for the contest part. Watch this video where the chefs talk about their kraut dishes and leave me a comment telling me which dish you would vote for and you can win a Kraut Rocks prize pack that includes t-shirts, mugs, steins restaurant gift cards, and coupons for free sauerkraut. I will draw the winner randomly on September 18th so make sure you leave an e-mail address so I can notify the winner.


Go forth. Vote. Win. Eat more sauerkraut.

You can check out more about the Kraut Rocks event here, here, and here.

D.C. locals, don’t forget to check out Spike’s new restaurant Bearnaise this fall.

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Disclaimer: I am working with Sway Group and Kraut Rocks and being compensated for my work, but these words and stories are my own. The Kraut Rocks prize pack will be provided by and shipped from Kraut Rocks.


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  1. This totally cracks me up! My grandmother used to make sauerkraut so I DEFINITELY knew it is fermented. She had a small apartment and often it would be fermenting in the bedroom my siblings and I slept in when we visited! I have to admit that smell drove me away from even trying it until I was an adult (and sadly, she was gone so I couldn’t have her homemade version). Now I do enjoy and even crave our traditional New Year’s Day dish of pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes — at least one bite ensures good luck for the year! So I think I have to vote for Ian Reeves b/c his dish seems familiar to me.

  2. I’m a Kraut (German), so I really love this.
    I would totally go for the onion cheese thing

  3. I don’t need any Kraut Rocks prizes, but I just wanted to say that is was nice to see post on 9/11 getting all excited about sauerkraut. Thanks. Didn’t know I needed that.

  4. Hmmm. These guys make sauerkraut seem not so vegetarian friendly.

  5. I love it that you wrote, ‘sauerkraut can be used as a digestive _air_.’

    I know it’s just a typo, but I keep giggling anyway. Digestive. Air. *tee-hee*

  6. As another Kraut, my vote goes for Spike’s onion and cheesey kraut. That really sounds yummy.

  7. There recipes were amaZing…..however, my choice would be the soup thingy….saukraut and onions carmelized and slathered with cheese to bake… it.

    Awesome recipes. When I started at 412 oounds I worked to change my appetstat from sweet to sour. It works. I am 235 and healthy at 70. And it is so easy to snack on. Put a cereal bowl full in the frig…when you want chocolate ice cream pick the kraut instead. It worked for me.

    GREAT contest. good content….great food ideas……

  8. I’m actually going to try Ian’s treatment of mixing kraut with bacon and apples. I have a bag of kraut in my fridge right now, and am trying to figure out what to do with it.

    I saw a recent episode of “Chopped” on the Food Network where kraut was one of the secret ingredients. One of the contestants used the liquid in a barbecue sauce to give it some tang. Looked yummy!

  9. A Grouchy German is a Sour Kraut – or so my non-German husband tells everyone in my German family! LOL!

    Staying traditional – the sauerkraut with the apples and mashed potatoes look good, but oh man that souffle with the onions and cheese – that thing just sounds friggin AWESOME!

  10. I definitely want the kraut tacos. Yum.

  11. I think the tacos sound great…& even I can make tacos. So that’s a win. :)

  12. The Kraut Tacos definitely look interesting

  13. I actually think all of the dishes look great!

  14. Kraut Tacos for me!

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