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

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a large frying pan, cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan. Place on a plate to set aside. When cooled, chop roughly.
2
In 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.
3
Add 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.
4
Bury 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.
5
To 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.
6
Cover 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.
7
Serves 8 generously. Mashes potatoes and peas are the perfect accompaniments.