Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut with Apples

Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut with Apples

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"The apple and onion together work magic on this classic dish. This is traditionally served on New Year's Day in Central Pennsylvania. It is customarily served with mashed potatoes. The sauerkraut mixture tops the mashed potatoes like a gravy. Surprisingly good."

Ingredients 4 h 15 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 400 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 400 kcal
  • 20%
  • Fat:
  • 18.4 g
  • 28%
  • Carbs:
  • 21.8g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 37.2 g
  • 74%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 95 mg
  • 32%
  • Sodium:
  • 1103 mg
  • 44%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown pork chops in hot skillet, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain.
  2. Arrange apples and onion in the bottom of a slow cooker; top with browned pork chops. Pour in enough water to cover bottom of the slow cooker crock.
  3. Cook on High for 3 hours (or on Low for 6 hours). Add sauerkraut and fennel seed to pork chop mixture. Cook for 1 more hour.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • Caraway seed can be substituted for fennel seed.
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I was concerned that this might turn out bland, so I used a combination of beef broth and beer in place of the water. I used caraway seeds which the recipe author says could be substituted for fennel (I typically only use fennel seed in Italian dishes). First, I wouldn’t add “water to cover” because I ended up with way too much liquid at the end. The pork chops ended up being very tender and moist, but the apples pretty much cooked to mush, and the sauerkraut just didn’t have much flavor. Overall, this meal was OK, but a bit bland. My friend’s sauerkraut recipe calls for juniper berries, whole cloves, and a bay leaf which bring incredible flavor to the kraut, and I’ll never again make sauerkraut without them. As suggested, I did serve this with mashed potatoes on the side .


I used a combination of "fancy cut" and chopped sauerkraut. Also, as I was only making 3 chops I had to adjust the recipe accordingly. However, the chops turned out so tender the meat was practically falling off the bone :) I used 1 honeycrisp and 1 gala apple and that did a good job of cutting down on the acidity of the sauerkraut. However, next time I think I'm going to use more fennel and use 3 apples for 3 chops instead of two.


Loved it! The pork chops were so tender and the apples were a good contrast to the sauerkraut.