Kielbasa with Kraut and Potatoes


1/2 cup butter
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp thyme leaves
1/2 tsp rubbed sage
ground black pepper, to taste
3 potatoes, peeled and diced (try to use a waxy potato like yukon gold)
1 (16 ounce) bag sauerkraut, from the deli aisle (do not use canned)
1 lb kielbasa, cut into 1/2 inch pieces


Put the cold butter in a cold oven proof pan with the diced onion, and slowly bring to a simmer on medium heat. This brings out the sweetness of the onions. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Add minced garlic and simmer 2 more minutes. Add next 3 ingredients. Combine with the sauerkraut (undrained and unrinsed), kielbasa and potatoes. Bring to a simmer on the stove top. Cover loosely with foil and place in a preheated 225 degree oven for 3 hours. Serve hot