Here in Lancaster County, tradition dictates a pork-and-sauerkraut meal on New Year’s Day. We’ve been told it will make us prosperous in the new year. It hasn’t worked yet, but we keep trying!
Actually, we don’t need much of an excuse to consume pork and sauerkraut. And if you’ve never cooked it, don’t let inexperience keep you from trying it. Here’s a no-fail slow-cooker version that combines everything you need–pork, sauerkraut, and potatoes—in one crock.
In our world, sauerkraut is a vegetable, but if you feel the need for something green on the plate, peas will do nicely. And to really do things right, you need applesauce on the side, preferably mingling just a bit with the pork and the kraut. (If you prefer your applesauce unmingled, feel free to use a separate bowl.)
So that’s how it’s done, folks. Here’s to a healthy and prosperous new year!
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Makes 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 6-8 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 5-qt.
6 pork chops
4 large potatoes, sliced
1 onion, chopped
1 qt. sauerkraut
½ cup apple juice
1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chops on each side. Brown in batches so as not to crowd the skillet.
2. While the chops are browning, place sliced potatoes and onion in the slow cooker.
3. Add browned chops. Top with sauerkraut. Pour apple juice over all.
4. Cover and cook on Low 6-8 hours.
Variation: Salt and pepper chops to taste after browning and before placing in cooker.