I promise it’s not as bad as it sounds {sauerkraut salad}

I can’t believe I actually tried this recipe!  I don’t know about you but even the name ‘sauerkraut salad’ sounds absolutely unappetizing (this is coming from someone who loves sauerkraut).  But I happened to have leftover sauerkraut in the fridge and some time on my hands today so I got the crazy urge to mix this together.

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I have no idea where Mema got this recipe and I can only imagine what the person was thinking when they first said, ‘Hmm, I think a nice sauerkraut salad would go with this meal.’  But whoever that person was, they actually got it right!  This is definitely not for the faint-hearted.  Adding horseradish to sauerkraut makes for a pretty powerful punch. But somehow the apples and onions add a delicious crunch and tone down the sauerkraut/horseradish combination, even if just a bit.

sauerkraut salad

The recipe serves 2 (although that would be pretty big servings) so I halved it.  I couldn’t imagine any one else in my family wanting to try this.  But I ate it and enjoyed it!  And if you like sauerkraut, I think you might too.  And if you’re heading to a potluck you should take a big bowl of sauerkraut salad.  It’s guaranteed to get people talking!

Sauerkraut Salad

serves 2

1 c. drained sauerkraut

1 medium apple, chopped (you can also use dried apple)

2 ounces thinly sliced onion

1 tsp. horseradish

2 tsp. oil

Combine kraut, apple, onion, and horseradish in a bowl.  Toss.  Add oil and mix well.

Enjoy (if you dare!)

Spiced Apple Muffins

spiced apple muffins

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and tomorrow is “bring your teacher a treat” day at Rowan’s school so I thought maybe we could make something together.  Going through Mema’s recipes I found this one for spiced apple muffins and thought it sounded delicious.  Plus, I already have all of the ingredients so it’s definitely a go for me!

One thing about these muffins, they are not sweet.  This may be why I love them so much and just ate three right out of the oven.  I need to stop while I’m ahead and make sure we leave some to take to Rowan’s teacher tomorrow!

Note: It calls for melted shortening.  I used actual shortening because I’m out of butter.  I think it would taste a bit better with butter or margarine though.  In my opinion, delicious with shortening – probably more delicious with butter!

2 c. flour

3/4 c. finely chopped apple

1/3 c. sugar

4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 c. milk

1/4 c. melted shortening

1 egg, beaten

Combine flour, apple, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, & nutmeg and make a well in the center of the mixture.  Combine milk, shortening, & egg and add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.  Spoon batter into greased muffin tins (or use paper liners), filling 2/3 full.  Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

yield: about 12 to 15 muffins

Spiced Apple Slices

spiced apple slices

[This recipe came from Southern Living, no date was written on the recipe card though]

I love baked apples but I’m the only one in my family who does.  So I thought I would have this with lunch today while the boys are at school and Ted’s at work.  They don’t know what they’re missing!  These are delicious!  Also, very quick and simple to make – they would be a good after-school snack (for those kids who like baked apples!) or a quick dessert.

Note: I actually like peels on my baked apples so I didn’t peel mine.

1 large baking apple, cored, peeled, & sliced thin

2 T. butter or margarine, melted

1 tsp. all-purpose flour

1 1/2 T. brown sugar

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. lemon juice

Arrange apple slices in a lightly greased 1 qt. baking dish.  Combine remaining ingredients and pour over apple slices.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

yield: 2 servings