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Sweet 'n "Saur" Cabbage Soup


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 1/2 pound ham steak, chopped

  • 1 savoy cabbage, quartered, cored and shredded

  • 1 onion, quartered and thinly sliced

  • 1 cup shredded carrots

  • 2 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried

  • 2 cups cider

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1 can white beans (14 ounces), drained

  • 1 quart chicken stock

  • 1 pound sack sauerkraut, rinsed and drained

  • 1/4 cup chopped dill

  • 1 cup sour cream, to pass at table


Heat a soup pot over medium high heat with EVOO. Add ham and lightly brown 2-3 minutes. Add shredded cabbage and stir in the onions and carrots as you finish chopping and grating them. Stir in the frozen hash browns and season the vegetables liberally with salt and pepper. Add in a bay leaf, cider, honey, beans and chicken stock. Place a lid on the pot and bring soup to a boil. Uncover and simmer 10 minutes until vegetables are tender. Stir in kraut and dill and adjust seasoning of soup. Serve the soup in shallow bowls and top with sour cream.