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Bavarian Hot Pot Sausage Soup

The Celebrate Recovery Dinner

The Celebrate Recovery Dinner

We are nearing the season when I begin planning my Octoberfest meal. This year instead of hosting Octoberfest at my home near Old Salem, I will be serving up an Octoberfest meal to approximately 100 guests at the Celebrate Recovery (CR) Dinner hosting by Pinedale Community Church in Winston Salem.

 

Every Thursday night from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, I oversee the CR Dinner. It has been such a privilege to serve in this special ministry to those who are in recovery from various hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Each week I usually arrive in the kitchen at Pinedale around 4:30 PM. Usually the meal is prepared in advance; so on most nights, we just need to reheat the main dish or dishes and prepare side dishes.

 

It takes many helping hands to “pull off” a CR Dinner. I am thankful for the many volunteers who assist with food prep, setting up tables and chairs, setting up banquet and chaffing tables, greeting and serving guests as that arrive, and of course, breaking down and cleaning the kitchen after bellies are full!

 

This year I have decided to prepare and serve Bavarian Hot Pot Sausage Soup as the main dish! In the past I have prepared this hearty soup for several families and friends at various events and venues.

 

This version of the traditional Bavarian “hot pot” is very easy to prepare – definitely one of my favorite cool weather meals!

 

Bavarian Hot Pot Sausage Soup

Ingredients: Serves 6 to 8 adults

1 medium head of Green Cabbage, sliced ½ inch thick
2 sliced Carrots
6 to 8 ounces of Fresh Green Beans, tipped, cut in 1 inch pieces
1 pound of Red Potatoes, quartered with skins
2 to 3 cans of Beef Broth (enough to cover cabbage)
Fresh Ground Black Pepper and Salt to taste
1 package of Polish Kielbasa, cut in ¼ inch pieces
¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Caraway Seed
1 teaspoon Marjoram
1 package of frozen Peas
Chopped Fresh Parsley

The Prepared Celebrate Recovery Meal

The Prepared Celebrate Recovery Meal

Directions:

  • In a large Dutch oven over medium low heat, layer the cabbage, carrots, green beans, and potatoes. Cover vegetables with beef broth.
  • If needed add water to cover vegetables; the cabbage will produce additional broth and enrich the overall flavor of the soup.
  • Cover pot and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add frozen peas, Polish kielbasa, seasonings, and simmer for additional 10 minutes.
  • Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

The German proverb, “Der Blinde erklärt dem Einäugigen die Farben” is translated, “The blind man explains the colors to the one-eyed man” and means “the blind leads the blind.”

Dale Pfeiffer