Friday, January 15, 2010

Crockpot Porkchops with Sauerkraut and Apples...Foodie Friday...


My daughter and her husband and Mr. Vundervants are living in our building temporarily until they find a new home to purchase. It certainly has it's perks living so close to Mom & Dad. One of the perks is that you can buy a new cookbook at Cosco and bring it up to Mom's and Mom can be enticed to try a new recipe and cook your dinner. It is ironic that I own the crockpot and now she owns the cookbook. Why do I think my crockpot will be packing up and going to her new home? I certainly do not mind cooking and helping her out while she is teaching special education. The trade off is that I get to see Mr. Vundervants when they come to pick up their dinner. Not that Mr. Vundervants eats any foods other then chicken nuggets or Mac n Cheese. Vegetables are a green item that he thinks only dinosaurs eat.

Pork Chops with Sauerkraut and Apples sounded like a delicious recipe with a brown sugar base and Dijon mustard with sauteed onions. I found the recipe quick and easy and on a scale of 1-10 I would rate it 8. This dish is a comfort type food and best if served with mashed potatoes to soak up all the juices. If you like a meat and fruit combo taste then this is a recipe you may enjoy on a cold winters day. I thought the left overs were even better.


The book contains more then 400 recipes which is a bargain at Cosco for $14.99. My only complaint is the ingredient list is printed in green and the size of the print is small. I wear eyeglasses and found this a bit difficult to read.


Pork Chops with Sauerkraut and Apples

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick but I think you can use a little less)
4 Braeburn apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup light brown sugar
6 one inch loin pork chops (I squeezed 7 chops into the pot)
2 medium sweet onions cut into half moons
One 1-pound bag sauerkraut, rinsed and drained (I used sauerkraut in a jar)
1/2 cup apple juice

Pour half the butter into the insert of a 5-7 quart slow cooker.
Add apples and toss to coat.
Stir the mustard & sugar together in a small bowl and dot the apples with 1/4 cup of the mustard mixture.

Brush the pork chops with remaining mustard mixture & place pork chops over the apples.
Heat remaining butter in a large skillet over medium high heat and add the onions and saute until they begin to turn golden, about 15 minutes.

Add sauerkraut to the onions and stir to combine.
Spread the sauerkraut mixture over the pork and pour in the apple juice.
Cover and cook on high for 3 1/2 to 4 hrs on low for 6-8 hours, until pork is tender and cooked through.

Serve the pork chops with the apples and sauerkraut over mashed potatoes to soak up all the juices.

Makes 6 servings

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20 comments:

  1. What a great sounding recipe. I will try it next week. I always have trouble getting pork chops tender. This sounds like they will cook tender. Doylene

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  2. I love that Mr. Vundervants thinks greens are for dinosaurs .. he could be right I live with an old dinosaur who eats greens

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  3. I'm not a fan of sauerkraut, but this sounds very tasty and I might just have to give it a try and convert. I can remember making and canning sauerkraut with my Granny a few (quite a few, actually) years ago. Thanks for your visit and come back soon.

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  4. What a great deal... can I bring my latest pastry cookbook over? Just kidding. You've gotta love Costco! I just purchased a pork loin there yesterday. Sadly, I'm the only one in the family who likes sauerkraut, so I'll have to wait for a church function to make this yummy dinner. Thanks for sharing!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  5. sounds like you have a lucky family....

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  6. Yummy! Can I come to your house for dinner?

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  7. Gee, I wished Hubby would eat sauerkraut, it sounds delish. I just love that Mr. Vundervants!

    Have a great day!!!

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  8. This really does sound nice. Thanks for sharing it with us. I hope you are having a wonderful Foodie Friday.

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  9. Oh definitely mashed potatoes, or maybe some pierrogi...
    And you know you LOVE cooking for them! :)

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  10. Hi Betty....well us girls think alike...I just fixed up a big pot of saurkraut and I can smell it cooking as I wrtie this....I add an apple an onion and a red skinned potato grated. We'll have our Hebrew National's tonight then I'll cook it with my pork tomorrow.....I use my crockpot a few times a week and I love cooking with it....Your friend Sandra.

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  11. I love sauerkraut. I am of Polish decent and I think I would be excommunicated if I didn't!
    I make a Dutch dish that combines sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Yeah, crazy, I know. But it is so good.

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  12. You are so sweet!! The recipe sounds very delicious and I love cooking in the crock pot!!

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  13. I love anything with sauerkraut in it...my mother evidently put sauerkraut juice in my baby bottle -- she also put coffee and chicory in there in the mornings...geez...

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  14. Just read my friend Melody's blog. She said her husband fixed ribs and kraut in the crockpot and I wished she's included the recipe. Then I found yours... porkchops are even better. I'll try this one and feed my daughter too. You are lucky that you are only cooking supper. I drive 40 miles to keep my grandchildren, fix their supper and mine, then drive back home to feed Pa. Does that qualify for sainthood??? How 'bout Mother of the Year at least?

    Mr. V and Anna would get along fine... very compatible in the favorite foods category!

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  15. Yummy! I love crockpot meals and this one is a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I think that even better than pork chops is a nice chunk of smoked pork loin with sauerkraut, apples and onions served on mash!

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  17. I love kraut...but my husband....yes you guessed it...not a fan!
    This recipe is so interesting, the flavor combination....I know I love it to pieces.....

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  18. I love sauerkraut and welcome another recipe. Your blog is so much fun!

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  19. MMMMMMMM,...what a tasty dish!

    Just lovely!

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  20. I have a crock pot that has only been used a few times! I really should start using it more frequently...This looks hearty and soul satisfying!

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