Serbian Sauerkraut With Bacon


This recipe for Serbian sauerkraut with bacon and rice is known as kiseli kupus sa pirinčem or podvarak and is from region Shumadia in Serbia. This recipe is great for family gatherings, economical to make, and even better the next day.


Serbian Sauerkraut With Bacon


Total: 2 hrs 20 mins

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 2 hrs

Yield: 12 servings



  • 1 pound bacon (cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 8 to 10 cloves garlic
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon sweet or hot Hungarian paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup long-grain rice (rinsed)
  • 1/2 head fresh cabbage (shredded)
  • 1 (6-pound) can sauerkraut (rinsed and drained)
  • 5 cups chicken broth



Gather the ingredients.

In a large Dutch oven, fry the bacon until golden brown.

Add the oil and onion and cook for about 10 minutes or until onions are tender.

Add the garlic, bay leaves, paprika, pepper, and rice and let the mixture simmer for another 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix in the shredded cabbage and cook 5 minutes.

Add the sauerkraut and 3 cups of the chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, mixing often.

Add another 1 cup chicken broth and, after mixing well, place in the oven and bake, covered, 1 1/2 hours, periodically adding remaining cup of chicken broth to keep sauerkraut moist while baking.

Remove bay leaves and discard before serving.


Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
368 Calories
17g Fat
35g Carbs
21g Protein

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(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)



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