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Dutch Sauerkraut Casserole

What you need: 

vegetable oil
1 (12-ounce) package vegan "meat" crumbles (something that looks like ground beef)
1 teaspoon vegan taco seasoning
sauerkraut
mashed potatoes
raw onions, finely diced (optional)
french-fried onions
applesauce (optional)

What you do: 

I didn't put amounts because you just need to eyeball it.
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 8" x 8" casserole dish.
2. In saucepan, heat vegetable oil. Add crumbles and taco season. Cook until heated through.
3. Cover bottom of casserole dish with the tofu crumbles. Add layers in the following order: a thin layer with sauerkraut, just so it covers the tofu; mashed potatoes; raw onion. Sprinkle french-fried onions over the top.
4. Bake for 10 to 20 minutes, or until heated through. Serve with applesauce.
This is really easy and it tastes good - it has a nice sweet/sour/spicy thing going for it.
Source of recipe: This is a recipe I got from my mom-in-law. I've veganzied it and it's so much better. In Dutch we call this zuurkool schotel.

Preparation Time: 
15 minutes, Cooking time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
20 minutes
Servings: 
4
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

A little strange, but not bad.  I mostly made it for my husband, who loves sauerkraut.  He seems to love it, so over all worth it.  Not sure if it is on MY top ten.

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Hi. The Dutch eat food with no flavor at all. Spice your "meat" as you will... I use taco seasoning because that's what I like because I'm orginally from the western U.S. and grew up eating lots of Mexican food. It works for me - but if you prefer use an Italian seasoning or just salt and pepper. The original recipe uses bottom layer: cooked ground beef, middle layer: sauerkraut, and top layer: mashed potatoes.... and then my mom in law sprinkles bread crumbs over top and bakes it till the bread crumbs have browned. And then they serve it with apple sauce. It's rather bland if you don't spice it up.

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I went for the taco seasonings and, well, it was weird but good.  Without introduction I served this to my husband who said after his first bite, "Hun, are you having some strange cravings?  Is there something you need to tell me?"  An odd blend of flavors but it's as yummy as your spice mix and mashed potatoes. I seasoned my gimme lean with chili powder, cumin, and oregano and topped it with super creamy garlic mashed potatoes.  I'm only giving it a 3 because there wasn't a lot of direction here

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I love taco seasoning and I love sauerkraut, but together... I'm a little hesitant.  Do you know what this is traditionally flavored with or are the Dutch known for their Latin spice ;) ?

wel, FullObeans, nothing wrong with a little change of pace huh ;)
I am dutch, live in netherlands, and know "zuurkoolschotel" too, and usually I make it just without any mince.....and no I don't use any taco spices either...
I like to put bits of apple in, cubed, and cook that along with the dish, you need firm apples though, not the ones for applesauce.
the onions (finely sliced) you can panfry ahead and then mix in the dish before it hits the oven.
that combo is more a classic one if thats what you were after

though if no oven: peel potatoes, slice onions.
fry onions in fryingpan.
put potatoes in another cooking pan, cover with 2 fingerwidths high water, and bring to the boil.
cook 5 minutes, then add the sauerkraut and the peeled cubed apples on top of that.
cook till everything is done (about 10 more minutes, depending on how high your heat etc).
drain, catch the cookingwater.
put the vegs/ apples mix back in pan, add the onions, and mash with a potato masher, adding the cooking water bit by bit till you have a nice mash (not sloppy but relatively smooth with some chunks here and there if you like....)
enjoy.

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I love taco seasoning and I love sauerkraut, but together... I'm a little hesitant.  Do you know what this is traditionally flavored with or are the Dutch known for their Latin spice ;) ?

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