(by Natasha Sajé)
25 – 32 oz. high-quality finely shredded jarred sauerkraut (not chunky cut)
1 lb. yellow onions, finely chopped
4 T. olive oil or bacon fat
1 medium white potato, peeled and grated
salt and pepper to taste
optional: 1 t. sugar
optional: caraway seeds
Thoroughly rinse the sauerkraut in running water in a sieve.
Heat olive oil or bacon fat in a frying pan, and sauté onions until translucent.
Add drained sauerkraut, and cook over low heat for approximately 15 minutes, adding a cup of water just before the mixture starts to brown.
Stir in grated potato.
Cook another 20 minutes or so, adding more water if necessary, until the sauerkraut is mellow and soft. It should be the consistency of pudding.
Season with salt and pepper and optional sugar.
(You could use a grated and peeled, starchy, not-too-sweet apple, like a Rome Beauty, instead of the potato. And you could add caraway seeds, although my mother never did.)
(Read The Dollmaker, the story that accompanies this recipe.)