Sauerkraut for Thanksgiving? Only in Perry Hall

Tell us about the unique dishes you enjoy on America's favorite feasting holiday.

I'm holding a can of my mother's finest homemade sauerkraut. It's crisp, sour and savory, and do you know what it reminds me of?


It wasn't until I spent my first November in Utah (it was 2004) that I was informed how unusual it was to eat sauerkraut with anything other than Polish sausage or a Reuben.

The Utahns didn't understand my side dish, but at least my boyfriend's family one year allowed it on the table.

I was the only one who ate it. I told them it was a Perry Hall thing.

But is that really true? If it's a Perry Hall thing, then other must do it too. This community does have some pretty vibrant .

I like my sauerkraut nestled between the turkey and the mashed potatoes and covered in gravy. It's also great as more of a standalone dish when my makes it Czechoslovakian-style with a floury rue and caraway seeds.

I crave it. It's absolute comfort food.

If your family is also enjoying sauerkraut this holiday, please let me know in the comments—then I won't feel so alone.

But I'd also love to hear about the unique dishes that make your Thanksgiving special. Tell me about them and feel free to share your recipes in the comments as well.

Richard November 26, 2011 at 01:08 PM
Rich I make my own sauerkraut and we have it on our table for Thanksgiving supper. Cook it all day with some celery sausage. I like it just like that now my wife on the other hand she is from South Baltimore and she puts ketchup on it.
OrangeWay November 28, 2011 at 04:13 PM
I grew up in Baltimore and my grandmother (Irish and French) made sauerkraut with pork chops every single year for Thanksgiving. She also used a crock-pot. I did not discover that it was odd until I was in the 12th grade. Our teacher did an informal poll because he had never heard of it until he moved to Baltimore. The entire class raised their hands when he asked if they had sauerkraut at Thanksgiving. He just could not figure it out! He kept saying "But I don't understand...you can't ALL be German!"
Marty Utz December 02, 2011 at 02:05 PM
We always had sauerkraut, and cole slaw on the table when I was growing up. Then when I had my first Thanksgiving meal with my wife's family the table was missing the sauerkraut! I commented on the missing staple, and ever since when we share our meal with her family they have sauerkraut just for me.
Kathy Miller November 22, 2012 at 01:50 AM
We always had sauerkraut at every holiday meal. My grandparents are from WV and my grandfather made homemade sauerkraut. Of course, my grandfather's last name was Puffenberger.
Alison Jones November 26, 2012 at 06:25 PM
In my family we have always had sauerkraut on Thanksgiving and Christmas. If there was turkey, sauerkraut was and will always be there. My grandfsther's family lived in Baltimore and that's just the way it was done. I have learned that it is a regional thing and living here In the south most people think it's strange but my southern husband now puts some on his plate too!


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