Lithuanian Hangover Cure: Raugintu Kopustai Sriuba

Cure your Lithuanian hangover with a sauerkraut and cabbage soup.

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This make-ahead hangover cure, a sauerkraut and cabbage soup, is a great pick-me-up after an intoxicating night of drinking too much Lithuanian mead.

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Lithuanian Cabbage Soup
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This make-ahead hangover cure, a sauerkraut and cabbage soup, is a great pick-me-up after an intoxicating night of drinking too much Lithuanian mead.

1 lb. smoked ribs or other smoked meat
1 qt. water
1 medium onion, quartered
1 bay leaf, cracked in half
10 black peppercorns
1/2 lb. drained sauerkraut, rinsed if desired
1/4 head cabbage, shredded


In a pot, add smoked meat, water, onion, bay leaves and peppercorns. Bring it all to a boil, skimming off any foam that rises to the surface. Then, reduce the heat and let it simmer, partially covered, for 1 hour.

Remove the meat, bay leaves and peppercorns. Add the sauerkraut and bring it all to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Add the cabbage and cook for another hour or until the cabbage is soft. Then, add salt to taste.
The dish goes well with hot boiled potatoes and rye bread.

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