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Lithuanian Sauerkraut Soup Recipe - Raugintu Kopūstai Sriuba

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Lithuanian Sauerkraut Soup or Raugintu Kopustu Sriuba

Lithuanian Sauerkraut Soup or Raugintu Kopustu Sriuba

© 2011 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
This recipe for Lithuanian sauerkraut soup or raugintu kopūstai sriuba is often eaten as a hangover remedy after a night of drinking and partying. Many recipes exist. I use smoked pork ribs, fresh cabbage and sauerkraut in this one. Some people add carrots and a grain like barley or millet. Serve with hot boiled potatoes and rye bread. Here are more Eastern European Hangover Cures.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 6-8 servings Sauerkraut Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound smoked ribs or other smoked meat
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1 bay leaf, cracked in half
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 2 pounds drained sauerkraut, rinsed if desired
  • 1/2 head cabbage, shredded

Preparation:

  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, place smoked meat, water, onion, bay leaf and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, skimming off any foam that rises to the surface, reduce heat and let simmer partially covered 1 hour.

  2. Remove meat, bay leaves and peppercorns. Add sauerkraut, bring back to the boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Add cabbage, bring back to the boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Adjust seasonings. Remove fat and bones from meat, chop and return to the soup, if desired, or serve on the side with hot boiled potatoes and rye bread. If desired, allow soup to cool completely, skim off any fat that rises to the surface, reheat and serve.
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