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Oktoberfest Stew with Potatoes and Kielbasa

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3 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Yellow Onion Sliced thinly
2 Cloves Garlic Cloves Minced
1 Small Green Cabbage Cored, halved and thinly sliced
14 oz Turkey Kielbasa Sausage Sliced
3 Large Russet Potatoes peeled and cubed in 1-inch pieces
1/2 Cup Apples finely diced, peeled apple (Fuji, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Cameo, etc.)
1 1/2 Cups Lager Beer
5 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock
3/4 Tsp Caraway Seeds
1/2 Tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
1 1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt
1 Bay Leaves
2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar

Oktoberfest Stew with Potatoes and Kielbasa

  • Gluten Free
  • 1.5 Hours
  • Serves 8
  • Easy




When I make Oktoberfest stew, I really go for it.

In our house, it’s only my husband and I, but it’s no matter. I make HUGE portions of soup at a time. It’s the kind of thing where when you’re making one of my soup recipes, and you start to wonder, “How many people is she feeding? Does she have 10 kids? Am I going to be eating this for a month? Is my pot going to hold all these vegetables?” You may even start to doubt my sanity.

Why make soup if you’re not making a giant batch? I can’t see a reason to make single-serving soups or stews. They’re economical, easily frozen for eating later, great for sharing and taking to work for lunch. Most importantly it’s just as easy to make a giant pot as it is to make a little bit.

Oktoberfest is upon us, and I can only imagine the amount of beer that has been consumed during this favorite of German celebrations. As if you needed another way to consume even more beer, it is fabulous when paired with cabbage, smoky meat and potato. While this was cooking, our house smelled like everything good from the Oktoberfest festival, minus the funky smells of thousands of frat boys and fraulein packed into a drinking tent.

I know adding apples to stew sounds weird, but when I tasted it, there was a bitterness that needed a little balancing. Apple is a friend of cabbage, and did the trick to ever-so-slightly sweeten up the broth.

Prost, my friends. Good luck with the hangovers at work tomorrow.

Oktoberfest Stew
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Recipe Steps


Heat a large pot or Dutch oven (5.5 quart or larger) over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and onions. Cook 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they begin to caramelize and brown. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the cabbage and stir the mixture together. Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the cabbage begins to soften and caramelize slightly.


Add the kielbasa, apples and potatoes into the pot. Pour in the beer and chicken stock. Add the caraway seeds, pepper, salt and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium-low and let simmer for 25 minutes, partially covered. Remove the lid and cook for 10 minutes more.


The potatoes should begin to fall apart, and the cabbage should be tender. Stir in the apple cider vinegar and taste for seasonings. Remove the bay leaf before cooling and refrigerating.


Tried and tested recipes I really make for my family and friends. Really. Simple, hearty comfort food made with fresh, local ingredients.

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