Recipes from The Czech Republic: Zeli (Simple Sauerkraut)

Recipes from The Czech Republic

Zeli (Simple Sauerkraut)

Country: The Czech Republic
Course: Side
Makes: 6 to 8 servings


  • 4 slices bacon, sliced into small strips
  • 1 lb sauerkraut (with juice)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 2 tsp cold water
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • sugar and vinegar to taste


  1. Fry up the bacon and set aside. Now add the onion to the pan with some butter and saute until translucent. Add the sauerkraut and simmer until tender. Return the bacon to the pan and season with the salt, pepper and the ubiquitous caraway seeds.
  2. Combine the cornstarch with water and add to the sauerkraut. Cook for a few more minutes, then remove from heat and add sugar and vinegar to taste.