The Czechmate Diary…


Another classic recipe: Zelnacka / Sourkraut soup June 18, 2007

Filed under: Recipes — Tanja @ 1:51 am

Zelnacka I consulted three cookbooks for this recipe of which one is taken from the “Velka Kucharka”(Big Cookbook) by Brabec – a favorite cookbook of my mom’s. “Velka kucharka” was written during deep communist times (1969) so the authenticity of this recipe is 100% guaranteed…



  • 7 0z. Sauerkraut
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 potatoes, diced
  • 2 tbs. of flour
  • 1 onion,diced
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • Polish sausage (kielbasa)
  • 5-10 white mushrooms, diced
  • 1 tsp. Caraway seeds
  • 1-2 tsp. Sweet paprika
  1. Saute finely diced bacon
  2. Add sliced Polish sausage, mushrooms and onion; saute for about 5 min.
  3. Sprinkle with flour and stir everything around
  4. Add drained sauerkraut, diced potatoes, caraway seeds and paprika and stir
  5. Add water, salt and cook until tender

Optional: top with sour-cream before serving

Don’t forget to serve it with a good (rustic) bread! That’s a key!!!

PS: Also, if after tasting the finished soup, you still feel like the soup “needs something”, try to add a little bit of the sauerkraut juice and a little bit of sugar (to ballance the acidity out)


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