Sauerkraut soup is a classic dish of the Czech cuisine. The soup is specific to the Czech Republic, where it is known as couračka, and is characterized by its sour taste, which usually originates from the sauerkraut. It traditionally includes sauerkraut, various kinds of meat (usually boiled pork sausage or slices of bacon or ham), milk, flour and vegetables flavored with a variety of herbs and spices such as caraway seeds, salt, pepper and bay leaf.
The dish is prepared by cutting meat and fresh vegetables into small pieces and boiling them in salted water. Potatoes and spices are added after the meat has softened. Then sour milk and flour are mixed in to thicken and cooked for about another 20 minutes or until all ingredients are soft. At the end some vinegar can be added.
Couračka can be served hot or cold, and usually with sour cream. Restaurants serve the soup as an evening meal with lots of potatoes.
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