Wednesday, February 27, 2013

PORK CHOPS AND SAUERKRAUT: THAT'S SWELL

Not a photo of this recipe but close and I hate writing a photo-free post.


Forgive the Peter Brady reference. This is a super easy, quick and absolutely delicious dish suitable for every night or special occasions.

Notes before you start:
  1. I use bone-in chops because it's what I can get and since they're sold in packs of three, I make three and there's more then enough sauerkraut for each chop.
  2. I can never get fresh dill and so I use dried. I forgot it once and it made a huge difference in the yumminess of the dish. Sorta like popcorn without the salt.
  3. I don't rinse the sauerkraut but do drain it well. Also, since sauerkraut varies in flavor from brand to brand, this is another flavor variable. I use a kosher brand found in the refrigerator section.
  4. This is a two pan dish. 
  5. Sorry for the lack of pictures but my batteries need replacing. 
Ingredients
  • 1 slice of lean bacon, chopped
  • 1 small onion, sliced thin
  • 3/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups sauerkraut (about 1/2 pound), rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • two 1-inch-thick loin pork chops
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill (dried works almost as well)
Preparation 
In a heavy saucepan cook the bacon over moderate heat, stirring, until it is crisp, add the onion, and the caraway seeds, and cook the mixture, stirring, until the onion is golden. Add the sauerkraut and the apple juice and simmer the mixture, covered, for 20 minutes.

While the sauerkraut mixture is simmering, sprinkle both sides of the chops with salt and pepper, let the chops stand between layers of paper towel for 10 minutes. In a heavy skillet (I love my cast iron pan for this) heat the oil over moderately high heat until it is hot but not smoking and in it sauté the chops for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or until they are just cooked through. Stir 1 tablespoon of the dill into the sauerkraut mixture and transfer the mixture to a heated platter. Top the sauerkraut mixture with the chops and sprinkle the chops with the remaining 1 tablespoon dill.

If you make these, ENJOY! and let me know how much you love them. Oh, they reheat very nicely in the microwave.

2 comments:

The Vintage Hottie known as O!Daddie said...

I was wondering what to make for dinner tomorrow and voila!!! Just happen to have all the necessary ingredients. Kind of shocked that I can get center cut boneless pork chops and all the fresh dill I want here in West BF and you can't in Civilization??? Odd indeed.

Even got applesauce.. ummmm

Really beginning to think that we were conjoined twins born to different mothers and separated at birth..

Ron said...

Yum, yum, yummy!

Haven't had this for years and years. I love sauerkraut but Bill thinks it stinks up the house. This recipe looks so delicious that I'll have to "stink up the house."

Thanks!

RonRetired in Delaware

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