Ring Bologna and Sauerkraut

Myrna and I grew up in a community where really good ring bologna was available from the local meat markets, each from their own recipe.  Now we are lucky enough to live near Pella, Iowa, where there are two meat markets that each make and market their own recipe for ring bologna and both are good.  You can buy Pella or Ulrich’s bologna at all the supermarkets around here.  I know that many Midwestern states have their own local favorites.
Here’s the way we like it at our house.  I use Frank’s brand canned sauerkraut – it tastes the most like our grandma’s homemade – and no, they didn’t pay me to say that.   This is a good, simple recipe that my husband likes with boiled potatoes or noodles, either one in brown butter.  The noodles in the photo are homemade.                  

Ring Bologna and Sauerkraut
  1          each  Ring Bologna -- (1 lb. or more cut into 4 pieces)
  32        fluid ounces  Sauerkraut
     ½      cup  Onion -- chopped
  2          tablespoons  Butter
     ½      teaspoon  Celery Seeds
     ½      teaspoon  Caraway Seeds
     ½      teaspoon  Salt
     ½      teaspoon  Pepper
In a large skillet, sauté onions, celery seed, caraway seed, salt and pepper. Add sauerkraut.   Add ring bologna on top. (Bologna could be pierced or slashed instead of cut into pieces.)
Cook, covered, 20 -30 minutes. 

4 Servings


  1. That looks so very delicious. Here in The Netherlands we eat sauerkraut prepared in many different ways.
    The most popular way is to mash cooked potatoes and sauerkraut with some milk and butter, seasoned with pepper and salt. It is served with Dutch smoked sausage and gravy.
    Have a wonderful day ; )

  2. Yum! Mom always fixed Wieners and kraut and I fix Smoked Sausage and kraut! Bet we try this ring bologna and kraut recipe within the week!1 Sounds delicious! Thanks again!

  3. Throwin down for din din tonight for the kiddos. I'll slice it on an angle and brown lightly in the pan with butter just to bring out that flavor, then goes in the kraut to simmer slowly. I'd definitely add Caraway seeds if I had them. Have a little plain white rice with butter and salt on the side. Never any leftovers when it's bologna and kraut night.

  4. Thanks for the recipe! Made it tonight with leftover Frick's ring bologna which looks kinda pale when skinned so did slice on diagonal and browned it along with the onions a bit first. My Iowa farmer husband went right to the stove and dug in after a long day :) I'm a spice-aholic so had the seeds on hand.

    1. I haven't tried Frick's ring bologna...since we're close to Pella with 2 meat markets making Pella bologna, they probably wouldn't sell any of it here. But we enjoy both Frick's ham and braunschweiger.
      Glad you liked the recipe.


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