Sheet Pan Kielbasa Sausage and Sauerkraut Dinner

This Sheet Pan Kielbasa Sausage and Sauerkraut Dinner has unique flavors and is an easy way to get dinner on the table. Aside from prepping up a few veggies it’s largely hands-off cooking which means more time in your life! It’s Paleo and Whole30 friendly and will be a hit with the whole family.

Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies

Sheet Pan Kielbasa Sausage and Sauerkraut Dinner

Another Sheet Pan Dinner for the win! We love the unique flavor combination in this Sheet Pan Kielbasa Sausage and Sauerkraut Dinner! The cauliflower, potatoes and smoky kielbasa are complimented nicely with the sweet apples and sour sauerkraut. It’s easy to throw together using only a sheet pan and your oven! This would also make a good meal prep lunch as well! Make a double batch to serve as dinner and few make ahead portions or make the whole batch for lunches.

And sauerkraut is a great way to get a nice hit of probiotics naturally so we always love to sneak in these foods whenever possible. Plus, if you’ve never tried the combo of salty sausage with sweet apples and umami sour sauerkraut, we promise you’ll love it.

Sheet pan sausage and vegetables

Whenever we make sheet pan recipes we always try to harness what makes this oft overlooked cooking tool amazing: it produces perfectly cooked food that doesn’t require much attention other than to set a timer and add in ingredients. The recipe sometimes indicates moving the food around the sheet pan, and this is because depending on how you position the food it uses different cooking techniques. In this recipe we first have the cauliflower, potatoes and apples spread out evenly on a pan so that they can roast. Next we have you pile them close together to finish cooking with the power of steam and add the kielbasa, with a splash of oil on top to help bring the flavor all together. And finally we like cooking the kielbasa whole because it gets a nice crisp skin.

Kielbasa sheet pan recipes

Tips for sheet pan cooking:

  • Sheet pan dinners are the best. Make sure to read the recipe all the way through (of course) and plan to use a timer! This way you can truly walk away from the oven and not have to worry about when you need to add anything for the next step.
  • Do the prep ahead of time: Cut cauliflower and onions the night before and mix with oil and spices, then you only have to cut apple and potatoes once you are ready for the actual cooking.
  • Use the correct size sheet pan. When we say sheet pan we are referring to the rimmed half sheet pan which is 18″ by 13″. The size of the sheet pan matters because you do not want to overcrowd the pan when cooking, so if you are using a smaller sheet pan you may need to use 2 to achieve the same result.

What is Kielbasa

Polish kielbasa is traditionally made from ground pork. Kielbasa (from Polish kiełbasa) is any type of meat sausage from Poland, and it’s a staple of Polish cuisine.

What are the best sausages to buy

We purchased natural nitrate free Kielbasa at Whole Foods. If that isn’t an option we like to shop organic and local whenever possible for our sausage! Ask your local butcher if you can’t find the quality you want in your local market.

Kielbasa and sauerkraut dinner

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Sheet Pan Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Dinner

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:43 Inactive Time 00:02 Total Time 01:00 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, sliced
  • ½ head medium cauliflower (about 12 ounces), cut into florets
  • 12 small baby yukon gold potatoes (about 1” big), halved
  • 2 fuji, or other crisp apple, cored and cut into 6 pieces each
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1-12 ounce polish kielbasa
  • 1-½ cups sauerkraut, semi drained

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400ºF.
  2. On a sheet pan combine onion, cauliflower, potatoes, apples, oil and all the spices and toss to combine and then spread out evenly.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  4. Remove and move all of the vegetables towards the middle of the sheet pan, creating a small pile. Place kielbasa on top and drizzle the sausage with a bit of avocado oil and place back in the oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and place 1-½ cups of sauerkraut on one side of the sheet tray and continue to bake until the sauerkraut is just slightly warmed, about 3 minutes.
  6. Remove and let sit until the kielbasa is cool enough to handle, about 2 minutes. Slice kielbasa into ¼” slices on the bias and divide sausage and veggies into four portions. Serve with whole grain mustard.

Recipe Notes

  1. If Whole30 check to make sure your kielbasa is compliant.
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Crockpot Cranberry Sauce

This Crockpot Cranberry Sauce is an easy update on the classic Thanksgiving staple! It is such a great combination with tart cranberries, along with sweet apples and just the right amount of citrus. This slow cooker cranberry sauce uses hands-off cooking so you can focus on other aspects of your holiday meal! It contains no refined sugars and is bound to be a new family favorite!

Slow cooker cranberry sauce

Crockpot Cranberry Sauce

Forget the over sweetened canned cranberry sauce this year because it is SO EASY to make this Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce! You essentially throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker and walk away! It also is  refined sugar free relying on coconut sugar, honey and sweet apples to balance the tart cranberries and citrus.

This sauce is of course well known as a Thanksgiving staple, but I also love to put a spoonful right on top of of latkes or as a versatile spread for breakfast or leftovers!

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

  • Fresh Cranberries
  • Apples
  • Orange
  • Coconut Palm Sugar
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon

Easy crockpot cranberry sauce

How do you sweeten slow cooker cranberry sauce?

We used a combination of naturally sweet apples, orange juice, honey and coconut sugar!

How long does crockpot cranberry sauce last?

Homemade cranberry sauce will last quite a while, so this makes it a great make-ahead part of your holiday feast! We’d recommend using it within 7-10 days after making for optimal freshness, but it could very well last longer. For Thanksgiving it might make sense to make the cranberry sauce a few days ahead of time! You can serve it cold or you can re-heat gently in a pot over low heat.

Crockpot cranberry sauce recipe with orange zest and juice

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Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Sauce

Prep Time 00:00 Cook Time 04:00 Total Time 4:00

Ingredients

Directions

  • 1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker
  • 2. Cook on high for 4 hours
  • 3. At 3 hours, use a potato masher and mash mixture (leave some chunks)
  • 4. Cook for the remaining hour with lid ajar

Recipe Notes

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter (No Added Sugar)

No Sugar Added Slow Cooker Apple Butter (whole30 & paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Slow Cooker Apple Butter has no added sugar and is my all-time favorite Fall spread. It’s Whole30 compliant, paleo-friendly, and is so delicious! It’s filled with in-season fresh apples and fall spices that will make you’re home smell heavenly.

sugar free apple butter

Slow Cooker Apple Butter (No Added Sugar)

While studying for my undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst I found a serious love for apple butter thanks to frequent visits to Judie’s Restaurant. Back before I changed my diet I would enjoy the giant popovers they served slathered with the most delicious apple butter.

It has been a while since I’ve been there, but I haven’t forgotten that apple butter and realized it was time to create a recipe of my own that wasn’t loaded with refined sugar. While I won’t be enjoying this apple butter on top of popovers anymore, rest assured there are plenty of ways to enjoy it, with this, on top of these, over these or with the biscuits in my book. But really, it’s amazing just by the spoonful.

apple butter recipe no sugar in a jar

There are loads of other apple butter recipes out there, some with long cooking time and some with short. I really feel like the longer and slower the cook, the more depth of flavor the apple butter has, so a 2-hour version just has never cut it for me. But aside from the prep and the finishing touches, this recipe is relatively hands-off and can even be done overnight.

What’s in apple butter?

Some apple butter recipes have tons of sugar. I never understand why because apples are naturally high in sugar. This version uses all the natural sweetness of apples to give it it’s flavor! Apple butter is essentially apples cooked low and slow for a long time until most of their moisture has evaporated and you are left with just the apple goodness!

  • Apples
  • No Sugar Added Apple Cider
  • Lemon Juice
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground Cloves
  • Salt

how do you know when apple butter is done

How Do You Know When Apple Butter is Done?

You want the apple butter to be dark in color and quite thick, thick enough that when you pick it up by the spoonful it mounds on the spoon instead of dripping off.

Tools Needed to Make Apple Butter:

can you freeze apple butter

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No Sugar Crock Pot Apple Butter

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 12 hr Total Time 12:10

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Put everything in slow cooker. The cider or juice should not overpower apples. Cook on low for 10-12 hours.
  2. At 10 hours, once apples are dark, immerse hand blender or transfer to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Put lid back on slightly ajar and let cook for the remaining 2 hours. If you're in a time crunch, place into a pot on the stove over medium-low heat and let simmer until thick.
  4. Let cool, store in jars in the fridge for up to 1 week unless canning.

Recipe Notes

  • -If not as thick as you'd like, transfer to pot and cook over medium heat until thickens (use a lid, it will splatter)
  • -Very thick and spreadable. Perfect top spread on toast, or to top your favorite oatmeal, pancakes, or waffles!
  • Make it last a year! How to can this apple butter using the Water Bath Canning Method:
    • Heat water in a large, deep saucepot equipped with a lid. If you have a canning rack or a cooling cake rack, place the rack at the bottom of your saucepan. Bring the water to a simmer (not a boil) and carefully submerge your jars along with their lids for about 5 minutes or until warm. Make sure water is inside your jars to keep them submerged.
    • Carefully remove the jars and lids from the warm water with tongs and place on a cooling rack set over a kitchen towel. Pour the apple butter into each jar using a funnel, leaving at least 1/4 inch of space at the top. Make sure there are no air bubbles in the jam and that the rim of the jar is clean before securing the lid.
    • Cover your saucepan and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Submerge the tightly closed jars in the boiling water for 10 minutes.
    • Take your saucepan off the heat and allow your jars to sit in the hot water for another 5 minutes.
    • Carefully take your jars out of the hot water and place on a paper towel. Check jar lids for seals by making sure the lids do not flex up and down when pressing the middle of the jar.
    • Store in a cool, dark place for up to one year! Once opened make sure to store in the refrigerator for up to one week!
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Apple Hand Pies (Gluten-Free)

These Apple Hand Pies are such a great fall treat using my popular gluten-free pie crust recipe made with almond flour, and a classic apple pie filling that is heavy on the apple flavor, and perfect for so many things (hello pancakes & waffle topping)! They’re gluten-free and and the cutest thing to bake up with the bushels of fresh apples undoubtedly piling up in people’s homes this fall!  Plus, they are NOT hard to make!!

easy hand pies

Apple Hand Pies

Apple season is upon us! The glorious time of year when we all head out to the apple orchards in our sweaters with lattes in hand and pick as many delicious apples as we can hold in our arms and carry back to our cars. While the act of picking the apples is always fun, even better is coming home and baking up all the goodies with our apple spoils. We’ve got a few new apple recipes coming your way this month, and this first one does not disappoint. I took my easy gluten-free pie crust recipe and made a quick stove-top apple pie filling to place inside the cutest apple-stamped hand pies.

When you make a whole apple pie (new recipe coming this month!) the apple filling is definitely the star of the show, but with a hand pie it is heavy on the crust. Since you all have been loving my pie crust recipe (we do too!), featured in a few recipes here on the blog and found in my cookbook, we knew we should start there. We added a touch more sweetener, in the form of honey or maple syrup, just to round it out.

gluten-free hand pie dough recipe

Next we moved on to our apple pie filling. Hand pies bake pretty quickly in the oven, so you have to pre-cook your apple filling. We chose to use gala and granny smith apples, but check out this Guide to Baking with Apples if you want to switch it up. Next we cooked them with apple cider to really accentuate the apple flavor. We don’t go crazy with the spices, so it doesn’t distract from the apple, but just enough to make it feel like fall. You have to fully cool the apple pie mixture before placing it in the hand pies, but luckily this step can be done 1-2 days ahead of time to make assembling these really easy.

gluten-free apple pie filling

Tips for Rolling and Stamping Out Pie Dough

We know you aren’t intimidated by rolling and stamping out dough thanks to the Healthier Pop-Tarts recipe, but just in case you are nervous about it, here are some tips:

  1. Break down the steps: Make the pie dough ahead of time (1-2 days) then roll out the dough.
  2. Use parchment paper to prevent the dough from sticking to the your work surface or rolling pin.
  3. Work quickly when rolling, stamping and filling the hand pies. When the dough warms up, it’s hard to work with. If it does get warm, no worries: just place it in the refrigerator to cool back down and then begin again.
  4. Use cookie cutters to make uniform hand pies.

gluten-free pie crust

We filled the rolled out dough with about 3 tablespoons of cooled filling. As stated above, make sure the dough you are working with when placing the dough circles together is cooled so it doesn’t melt and deform in your hands. Place one stamped out dough circle on top of the filled one and crimp with a fork to seal. No need to egg wash them together as they seal pretty nicely.

Tools we use:

flaky gluten-free pie crust

How Long Do You Bake Hand Pies?

Once the hand pies are filled, egg washed on top and sprinkled with sugar (if using) they bake up pretty quickly in a 350ºF pre-heated oven for 15 minutes or so. We wanted a uniformly golden crust so halfway through we rotated the hand pies on the sheet tray. They last at room temperature about 2-3 days in an air-tight container, and can be reheated in a toaster to crisp up the crust.

gluten-free apple filling

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Gluten-Free Apple Hand Pies

Apple Hand Pies (Gluten-Free)

Prep Time 00:35 Cook Time 00:15 Inactive Time 04:30 Total Time 00:50 Yields 5

Ingredients

For Pie Crust

For Apple Filling

  • 2 medium gala apples, peeled, cored and diced to 1/2"
  • 2 medium granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced to 1/2"
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons tapioca starch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter (optional)

To Assemble

  • 1 egg, for egg wash
  • coarse raw sugar, optional

Directions

To Make Crust:

  1. In a food processor combine almond flour, tapioca flour, and cold butter and pulse until the butter is broken down into pea-sized pieces.
  2. Add in egg and honey and process until the dough comes together.
  3. Shape dough into a round disk, wrap in plastic wrap and transfer to refrigerator until cold, at least 4 hours or overnight. (See note)

For Pie Filling:

  1. In a medium sauce pan, add apples, apple cider, maple syrup, lemon juice, spices and salt and heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring frequently for 8-10 minutes until the exuded liquid from the apples has reduced and the apples are soft, but not broken apart. 
  2. In a small bowl make a slurry using tapioca and water and add it to the apple mixture, stirring continuously. Cook for 1 minute or until the mixture has thickened up.
  3. Once thickened, add vanilla extract and optional butter and stir to combine.
  4. Cool apple pie filling completely.

To assemble:

  1. Between two sheets of parchment, roll out dough to a thickness of 1/16" - 1/8" of an inch. Stamp out 10 circles that are 4" in diameter using a cookie cutter. You may have to re-roll scraps 2 or 3 times to get 10 circles. If your dough starts to get too warm to work with, place in the refrigerator on sheet tray until cool enough to handle 10-15 minutes.
  2. Gently place 5 circles on parchment on sheet pan. Place the remaining 5 on a separate sheet of parchment and if desired stamp out an apple shape from the center using a cookie cutter and stack on top of parchment line baking sheet. Place dough in the refrigerator on pan to chill for 15-20 minutes while the oven is pre-heating.
  3. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  4. Remove dough from refrigerator and take off one sheet of dough lined parchment and set aside. Place 3 tablespoons of apple pie filling in the center of the dough and gently smooth down down the filling leaving a 1/2" border of pie dough. Repeat for the remaining 4.
  5. Top each filled dough with stamped dough circle and press your fingers along the edge to seal tightly. 
  6. Use a fork to crimp the edges. Brush with egg wash and top with raw sugar if desired.
  7. Bake at 350ºF for 15-18 minutes, rotating half-way through, until the crust is golden brown. 
  8. Let cool briefly before serving. Store at room temperature for 2 days in a closed container, reheating briefly in a toaster oven to crisp up crust before serving

Recipe Notes

  1. Pie dough will keep in the refrigerator, wrapped well, for 2-3 days.
  2. If pie dough is getting too sticky to work with, always place it in the refrigerator. Cooling down the pie dough as needed is the best trick you can use to make the prettiest hand pies. 
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What apple treats do you plan to bake up this fall?