This traditional dish is a MUST for all of the true Pennsylvania Dutch! Tons of Sauerkraut, Pork, Mashed Potatoes & Applesauce will be cooking all across Dutch Country on new Years Day! Including my house! The following is how I make this wondrous meal. We not only eat this "For Luck" on the first day of the new year but all year long because of how tasty & easy this is to make. Maybe this will become a tradition for you household too! DIG IN to some Pork & Kraut it is one of our BEST dishes!
My parents are coming over for SOME GOOD LUCK!
1, 4lb Pork Picnic Roast removed from its' netting!4lbs of Sauerkraut ( I used bagged not commercial canned but homemade canned is GREAT!)
2 Large Onions peeled & sliced
4 Apples quartered with core removed leave peel on
Brown pork in a large skillet ( helps to remove extra fat & adds great flavor. ) Brown to get a nice crispy browned outer color about 15 minutes of frying time. Remove from pan.
In a large roaster lay kraut evenly on the bottom. Lay pork in center on top of the kraut. Sprinkle onions over the top of the kraut. Lay apple pieces evenly around the surface peel side down. Cover roaster & bake in 325 degree oven for 3 & 1/2 hours uncovering the last 1/2 hour. Check on your pork & kraut about every 1/2 hour IF it looks dry add water to just keep moist, you probably will not need to do this but you do want juice so keep the mixture moist! Once roasting time is done remove pork & slice into serving pieces IF it falls apart that is PERFECT ! We serve this on a huge deep platter with kraut on the bottom with pork pieces & onions on top discarding the cooked apple ! Serve this with lots of mashed potatoes ( my recipe is on this blog as whipped potatoes!), side dish of applesauce is also a MUST & lots of potato dinner rolls (recipe on this blog for homemade rolls!), for dessert try shoofly pie, shoofly pie whoopie pies, pumpkin pie or lots of those Christmas cookies you might have leftover ! Of course all of these recipes are on my Blog! This is one of my families FAVORITE MEALS next to Thanksgiving ! The above Pork & Kraut may be assembled, after browning your roast, in the order given into your crockpot & cooked on low all day at least 6 hours but 8 is even better ! This dish is suppose to bring you GOOD LUCK for the entire NEW YEAR!