Choucroute garni

Choucroute garni

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 50 mins

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Serves 4

This is a super-tasty one-pot meal with Savoy cabbage as the star. A delectable braised family meal, featuring succulent German garlic sausage

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal736
  • fat49g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre11g
  • protein36g
  • salt4.6g
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  • 4 onions, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 200ml white wine
  • 100ml white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 star anise
    Star anise

    Star anise

    star an-eese

    Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…

  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 carrots, diagonally sliced



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 celery sticks, peeled to remove the stringy part and cut into 4
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium Savoy cabbage, cut into 8 wedges
  • 6 German garlic sausages (or good-quality chipolatas)
  • 400g whole piece of smoked bacon, skin removed and cut into large chunks
  • 400ml chicken stock
  • mashed potato, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/ gas 3. Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a large flameproof casserole dish or heavy-based pan. Fry the onions for 10-15 mins until soft. Add the wine and vinegar, along with the herbs and spices, and reduce to a glaze.

  2. Add the carrots, celery and garlic to the pan, mix well, then lay the wedges of cabbage on top. Snuggle the sausages and bacon between the cabbage chunks before pouring over the stock. Put the pan on the heat, bring to a simmer, then cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 1 hr 30 mins, stirring halfway through.

  3. Once cooked, serve in bowls with mashed potato, if you like.

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15th May, 2020
Perfectly nice recipe, but why call it choucroute garnie? There's no sauerkraut in it at all. Couldn't Tom think of a name for his dish?
2nd Jan, 2019
I made this on the stove top, with vegetarian sausages and no bacon and it was still delicious. I thought the flavours would be overpowering but it worked wonderfully. Will make again.
1st Dec, 2018
I'm not a huge fan of cabbage but sometimes get it in my veg box. I absolutely love this recipe as it uses up the cabbage, but the cabbage absorbs the flavour of the spices and meat so it doesn't really feel like you're eating cabbage. I've made this recipe many times and it is a brilliant winter warmer.
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20th Feb, 2018
Just made it. I had to brown the sausages and the bacon first (the idea of boiled sausages is no appealing for me). All delicious.
littleones59's picture
8th Mar, 2017
pure comfort food and full of goodness! I put it in my slow cooker. Worked a treat.
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