Originally posted January 31, 2012, here with minor edits. Some background is in order. Follow the link below about the Soup Contest. Also know that we’d gotten Missy only a few months before and she was a horrible puppy. Rocky tried so hard to teach her but she just wouldn’t learn! Here is the recipe for Sausage Sauerkraut Soup in a Slow Cooker.
I believe this is Entrant #7 in our Fall/Winter Soup Contest. I think both Mr. Big Food and I enjoyed our brief discussion of a couple of others, especially the Slow Cooker Potato Cheese Soup with Wieners soup that I’d had as the winner up until this evening. But in the short run, it was unanimous. The winner– so far– in the Fall/Winter Soup Contest is…
I am going to see if I can sit here and write about this soup without mentioning The Dogs other than to say that as I was typing “without mentioning The Dogs,” my little internal chitchat said, “Ah, here comes Rocky!” (I gave him a bite of my sweet potato biscuit, and a nibble of the sausage in my soup. Missy didn’t get any of these tidbits because Missy hasn’t learned how to mind her manners.)
The thing about the soup is the layers.
There are a lot of things in this soup. Turkey sausage, potatoes, onions– I think, mushrooms, carrots, some turkey stock. Sauerkraut. Dill. They are layered in a particular order. The recipe, Mr. Big Food tells me, says just that: Layer them this way. I can see why.
Unlike a stew, which is all mixed up and therefore uniform, this dish is stratified. So when you, as Mr. Big Food often says, “Dig up from the bottom,” and you are presented with the proper tool to do just that, you will have yourself a bowl of the Soup Contest winner!
It was delicious! And it was fun! There was no tellin’ what the next bite might be. (Actually, there is tellin’ but I’m not.)
[Rocky is trying so hard to be a good dog.]