German Pork Chops with Sauerkraut and Apple

Garrison Wayne

By
@TheOrganizedChef

German food is so good, particularly when fall arrives. There are no better meals than those which are made in a Dutch Oven. If you don't own one, put it on your wish list...you'll be glad you did. The ingredients in this dish combine to make a very mild yet very flavorful dish. I like mashed potatoes with this, but you could go the distance and prepare some German Potato Pancakes to go with. Peas add a little sweet to the picture. If you don't like peas, go with string beans. I hope you make this and share with your family or friends...it does make a generous amount.

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Serves:
8
Prep:
50 Min
Cook:
2 Hr
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

4 slice
bacon, cooked, chopped
1 qt
sauerkraut, drained well
1 large
onion, quartered, sliced
1 large
apple, peeled or unpeeled, sliced not too thick
3 1/2 lb
pork chops, not thin cut
2 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
pepper
2 Tbsp
butter, unsalted
1 tsp
salt
1/4 tsp
pepper
2 Tbsp
brown sugar
2 tsp
caraway seeds
1 large
bay leaf, cut in 3
1 c
dry white wine
3 Tbsp
gin

Step-By-Step

1In a large frying pan, cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan. Place on a plate to set aside. When cooled, chop roughly.
2In the same pan, brown all the pork chops in the bacon fat. Do this in batches, setting the browned pieces on a tray. Season the pork with the 2 tsp salt and the 1/2 tsp pepper.
3Add 2 Tbsp butter to the same pan and saute the onion for 4-5 minutes, or until clear. Add the drained sauerkraut,1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, and caraway seeds. Cook 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Transfer the sauerkraut/onion mix to a large Dutch oven.
4Bury the 3 pieces of bay leaf in the sauerkraut, evenly spaced. Bury the sliced apples in the sauerkraut too. Place the browned pork chops on top of the apples and sauerkraut.
5To the same large frying pan, which has residual bits left in it, return to the stove and over high heat deglaze with the wine and gin. When boiling, cook for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat and pour the juices over the top of the pork.
6Cover the Dutch Oven with lid and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Reduce to 300 degrees and cook 1 hour more. Turn off oven and rest while you finish up your side dishes.
7Serves 8 generously. Mashes potatoes and peas are the perfect accompaniments.