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Make Sauerkraut Part of Your Summer Grilling

Shine the chrome skewers, grab the spring-loaded tongs, and don't forget the long-handled fork. Summer's just around the corner and that means it's time to roll out the grill.

True-blue grillers will enjoy extra-tasty outdoor cooking when they include Sauerkraut on their menus, said Ryan Downs, co-owner of Great Lakes Kraut Co.

Sauerkraut is one of the must-have grilling ingredients of the summer, especially given the mass consumption of favorites like hot dogs, sausages, and bratwursts.

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates that Americans will consume 20 billion hot dogs this year.That's a lot of opportunities to add Sauerkraut, Downs said.

"There are many grilling recipes that become more appetizing when Sauerkraut's added as an ingredient, side dish, or condiment," Downs said. It's perfect for putting a tasty spin on grilled hot dogs, sausages, brats, or hamburgers."

Besides adding an extra burst of flavor to grilled food, Sauerkraut offers a health bonus. University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute research shows that chemical compounds in cruciferous vegetables like cabbage - from which Sauerkraut is derived - may stop human prostate cancer cells from growing and may cut off the formation of blood vessels that feed tumors.

German Potato Salad is a natural side dish choice when grilling. Try this recipe.

Hot German Potato Salad

  • 5 medium red potatoes
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • ½ cup medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup Silver Floss® and Krrrrisp Kraut® Sauerkraut, drained
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. parsley, chopped

  • In a large pot, boil potatoes until tender.
  • Drain and cool.
  • Peel potatoes and cut into large diced pieces.
  • In a 10-inch frying pan, cook bacon until crisp.
  • Drain bacon on paper towels, reserving drippings.
  • Cut bacon into ½-inch pieces.
  • Sauté onions in the bacon fat until translucent.
  • Add water and vinegar to deglaze the pan.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Stir in Sauerkraut, potatoes, and chopped bacon.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat through.
  • Remove from heat and stir in parsley.
  • Serve immediately.
Servings: 2-4

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