Sauerkraut and Mushrooms – one of my favorite Polish delights – super healthy and in most Polish houses, served on Christmas Eve. Traditionally, on Christmas Eve all the dishes should be “lenten,” meaning cooked and served without any meat or animal products.
While most recipes call for butter, it’s optional. I realize that the saying is ‘everything with butter tastes better,’ but this one is super delicious made with justwater and a little bit of olive oil.
My husband and I have had a few Christmases together so far and he already knows that when this time of the year comes around because our house always has the aroma of sauerkraut and mushrooms. I usually make pirogies with sauerkraut and mushrooms too; so it’s a lot of krauty, shroomy smells dancing around.
There are plenty of health benefits packed in this dish. Sauerkraut offers all the benefits of all the cruciferous vegetables. Benefits like those found in cauliflower, broccoli and kale; plus the probiotic benefits of the fermentation process.
Cabbage is high in vitamins A and C, it can help lower cholesterol, provide a rich source of phytonutrients (antioxidants that can protect from certain cancers) and it’s high in anti-inflammatory properties. And that’s just the cabbage! Yet, it becomes an amazing SUPER food when it is fermented. Brace yourself, here comes the SAUERKRAUT…
Wild mushrooms take me back to my childhood in Poland. At least once a year there was a morning kick-off (I mean the morning in the middle of the night – 4 am wake up call) to a mushroom picking day in a forest!
The earlier you were in the forest the better. And I’m not talking about one forest. Every forest in Poland, in the mushrooms season, was crawling with pickers. The earlier you got there, the better your chances that you’d come back with the bucket full of wild mushrooms.
Sometimes it was so frustrating to walk behind a family member who was able to get the drop on every single mushroom – which left my bucket empty. But the feeling of a accomplishment when you finally find your MUSHROOM is simply unforgettable. Mushrooms have a lot of health benefits. They are excellent source of vitamin B and D and minerals like selenium, copper and potassium. They have a lot of antioxidants that can strengthen immunity.
Oh, and did I mentioned that it is super easy to make? Follow the recipe below and enjoy this Polish delight of sauerkraut and mushrooms.