2/25/09

sauerkraut relish

kielbasa & sauerkraut relish

I wasn't going to post this one, I mean it's just a sausage sandwich, BUT when I tasted that sauerkraut relish I was over-the-moon speechless. This sauerkraut relish is amazing people, amazing. It is quite literally the perfect accompaniment for any type of grilled sausage or hot dog. I swear I want to bottle this stuff up and sell it. If you like sweet, tangy, vinegary, and a bit of heat then this is it for you. I even ate this relish on a sandwich with some hummus. So for my vegan friends, you can totally eat this up with a good veggie burger, hummus or you know what would be good? Falafel! Oh yeah, that good. But then again, I crave the uncraveable!

The whole reason I made this sandwich creation? Not for the relish really, but because I was inspired by an episode of that show Diners, Drive In's & Dives on Food TV. Guy Fieri has the best job in the world and an even better personality as a host. Well, on one of his many ventures they visited Primanti Bros. in Pittsburg, PA. If you're not familiar with Primanti Bros., they are famous for their mile high sandwiches filled with whatever meat be it hamburger, corned beef, roast beef, etc.., then a thick layer of coleslaw, and then a huge layer of french fries, and tomatoes. Crazy sandwich, I totally love it. When I set out to create this sandwich I didn't have any coleslaw, but I has sauerkraut and thus came the sauerkraut relish. Did anyone see that episode or better yet ever go to Primanti's?

sauerkraut relish
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1 1/2 to 2 cups Sauerkraut, (from package or jar, not canned), drained really well (I used whole foods brand)
4-5 TB ketchup
3 TB dark brown sugar
Couple dashes of hot sauce (about 5 to 7)
1 TB Worcheshire sauce
A couple pinches of celery seeds
1 package (16 ounces) kielbasa, grilled or fried

Cooked french fries
Warmed crusty rolls or hearty sandwich rolls.

In a medium saucepan combine the drained sauerkraut, ketchup, hot sauce, dark brown sugar, worcheshire sauce, and celery seeds. Heat through.
The sauce should thicken up, if not just let it reduce for a while on low heat.
Meanwhile, grilled or fry your kielbasa.
To assemble, place cooked kielbasa on roll, then a layer of the sauerkraut relish, then the French fries.
I've also used this relish on: hummus roll ups, veggie burger, hot dogs. I will try this with falafel.

37 comments:

  1. This sauerkraut relish sounds yummy!

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  2. That looks fantastic! I'm not a huge sauerkraut fan, but fixing it up like that sounds wicked good.

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  3. Being 100% Polish you better beleive I'm making this!

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  4. I have heard about primanti Bros from friends that live in Pittsburgh. I am bookmarking this!

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  5. Fries in a burger? I'M IN HEAVEN!! Not to mention the rest. This looks insanely good!! I wish you lived closer to me. ;)

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  6. That's a WOW sandwich :)

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  7. lunaburning2/25/09, 2:38 PM

    This looks amazing!
    I want Guy Fieri's job, too. Either that, or Andrew Zimmern's from Bizarre Foods.

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  8. I've heard of Primanti and seen them on TV, but I don't think it was on DDD.

    I love that you recreated their sandwich on your own. Rocks my world!

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  9. You always AMAZE me. This is an awesome burger/sandwich. The relish sounds great and the french fries on top makes it perfect.

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  10. That looks sooooooo good!! The relish sounds very tasty!

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  11. This looks amazing! Would you believe that I've never had sauerkraut before? I think I'm going to have to try it soon.

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  12. OMG! Being a Pollock.. I love all things kielbasa, and sauerkraut. This to me is amazing. This is a definite must try for me. Thank you so much about the tips for my pictures:) I appreciate it!

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  13. Whoa this does sound like a good condiment. Love that DDD show. So much junk food heaven right there. Well this sandwich is the money!

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  14. I live in Pittsburgh, so we're very familiar with Primanti's at my house! Primanti's is really good, but your version looks delicious too. And slightly more manageable than the sloppiness-fest that is Primanti's.

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  15. Wow, Dawn. Do you think you could send one of these sandwiches my way? There are some sandwiches that just make me giddy, and your sandwich is one of them. I want this sandwich now. I love, love, love sauerkraut...I would eat it plain with a spoon, so I can't wait to try your relish. Plus, anytime you're putting french fries on a nice sandwich, I'm in. Cannot wait to try this one!

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  16. Oh my god, until now I thought I was the only freak in this world who stuffs French fries into her sandwiches. I love you. We must be soulmates.

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  17. this sounds amazing! i love this on a hot dog! yum.

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  18. I've ne3ver heard of sauerkraut relish but you make t sound so good! And that sandwich is over the top dawn!!

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  19. mmmm. fries AND sauerkraut relish on a burger! i'll take one, please!!!

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  20. I love the french fries on the sandwich! Timesaving idea :)

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  21. I love sauerkraut and this relish is a must try!

    The fries on the sandwich killed me - my son loves to do that, but I haven't seen many other people pile them on.

    Seriously, you are the sandwich queen!

    Hope you got outside today. Me and the grandbaby took a long walk in Nickerson State Park and I sat on the beach and soaked up some sun. Lovely.

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  22. Dawn, you have done it again!!! MMMMMMMM.... The sauerkraut relish looks so appetizing!!! The fries look so good!!! Could you come over & make this for me for lunch,....please,....!!!

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  23. terrific execution, dawn! i agree that guy has (and does) a terrific job. i simply can't understand why some folks don't like him--he's hilarious!

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  24. I can't wait to put this to use on the veggie burgers I just made. I think you knew I was missing something. Thanks, as always!

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  25. Is it wrong to want a burger for breakfast? I care not!

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  26. I have always been afraid to try sauerkraut, but your pictures and pitch have me sold. Vinegar, tangy, heat are all up my alley. I am definitely trying this one!

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  27. The french fries throw this one over the top!! Nice!!

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  28. Oh wow, the sauerkraut looks so savory and yummy. Fries in a burger is genius. Kind of like when I was a kid and my brother taught me to put chips in my sandwiches to make them better! This looks mouthwatering.

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  29. That looks great , Lunch is served!
    That sauerkraut sounds yumm!

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  30. Love Primanti Brothers. Saw that episode, too. Your sandwich looks great. Will have to eat this soon!

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  31. I never get to have sauerkraut because nobody in my family will eat it. This could change EVERYTHING!

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  32. I don't remember how I stumbled upon your blog, but I am so glad I did! Your pictures are A-MAZING. I want to eat my monitor, and I don't even like sauerkraut (but my bf does, so maybe I'll make this!). You can guarantee I'll be back here. :)

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  33. I love Diners, Drive Ins and Dives! That relish looks awesome, I can't wait to make it.

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  34. I love all things sauerkraut - thanks!

    I saw that episode too - my hubby and I love that show!

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  35. I will have to try a sauerkraut relish!

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  36. My uncles make a pilgrimage to Primanti Bros when they visit my aunt who lives in Pitt and rave about it. I typically prefer my carbs ingested in the cupcake and cookie form. However, that relish sounds awesome!!! I bet it would be really great over a little pile of mashed potatoes.

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  37. I live in Pittsburgh, and there is a Primanti's right down the street. It's fantastic, a real Pittsburgh landmark, and just a fun place to go grab a sandwich when you're hungry.
    I just found your blog... I love it!! I love the giant food pictures; it is my pet peeve when food blog pictures are tiny! Yours are amazing!

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