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Pork Chops with Apples and Kraut

Pork Chops with Apples and Kraut

I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a little while.  Like 2 months.  I can’t remember where the original recipe came from, other than Mom’s recipe box.   I will say that this is one of Mom’s favorite things to make and that she has made a LOT of changes from the original recipe.  So much so that she had to write out a new recipe card for me to work from.

I grew up eating “kraut” and I love the stuff.  It’s a special treat around here when Mom makes a big pork studded batch with fluffy dumplings and a side of landejagers.  I tried to find an accurate description of what I know as a landejager, but they’re either in German or describing some weird rectangular sausage.  If you don’t live near a good bohemian meat market, you don’t know what you’re missing.  We only get ours at Schmidt’s Meat Market in Nicollet, MN which is about 15 miles from our house, and TOTALLY worth the drive.  (PS, they do ship!)

Ok, now that I’m done side tracking myself, lets get to the recipe!

You will need:

  • 4- 4oz boneless pork chops
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 apples, peeled and sliced – the original recipe called for a specific apple, but we’ve always just used whatever we had around.
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 C sauerkraut, drained
  • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds

Brown the chops in oil until cooked through.  Set them aside/keep warm.  In the same pan add apples and cinnamon, cook until apples begin to brown.  Add in kraut and caraway and cook until kraut browns.    Serve with the chops.

This recipe makes four servings and for those of you playing along is 6WWP+.

Tasty and easy, it’s also a good way to use up the apples that might not be in prime condition for eating fresh.  Even if you didn’t grow up eating kraut, give this a try.  The apples, cinnamon and pork add sweetness to balance the tart kraut.  This is one recipe that we have to dish up in the kitchen and then carry our plates to the table.  If we leave the pan on the table Mom and I pick at the kraut and apples until it’s short half a serving!

As always, if you give this a try, please stop back and tell me what you think!


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