Pork

Crock Pot Pork and Sauerkraut

This is a go to crock pot meal when we want some serious sauerkraut.  We love sauerkraut!   The first time we cooked this we baked it in a Pyrex dish.  We heard about it from Nick’s mom.  She worked in a school lunchroom – you know… when they would actually cook meals from scratch.  So we tried it and baked it for years in a rectangular Pyrex dish.

For real – it’s not the most beautiful dish.  It’s super “casserolie” without the ritz crackers and all the cheese.  But wow is it yummy!  I decided to cook it in a crock pot one day because I really didn’t have the time to bake it for dinner.  My kids play softball so when it’s softball season (when is it NOT softball season!) we need easy crock pot meals!

Warm and comforting during the winter months.  Sauerkraut is what brings it over the top…. yum!  Nick decided to use some paprika to brighten it up and to put some color on it.  Although it’s beautiful – I think he kind of gave the meal a paprika shower.  HAHA!

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It has pork chops in it, sliced onion, sliced potatoes, sweet kale and cream of mushroom soup.  Mmmmm what’s not to love?

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Can’t stop laughing at the paprika  – adds some color that’s for sure.  But seriously – it does tie into the paprika used to flavor the pork chops.

Crock Pot Pork Chops with Sauerkraut

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 4 medium potatoes, sliced1/4"
  • 1 cup of sweet kale
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom
  • 4 bone in pork chops
  • 1 bag or large jar of sauerkraut

Instructions

  1. In a 6 qt crock pot, place the sliced onion on the bottom of the pot.
  2. Slice potatoes approximately 1/4' and place on top of the onion.
  3. Salt and pepper the potatoes to taste.
  4. Add 1 cup of sweet kale and cover everything with 1 can of cream of mushroom soup plus one can of water, measure directly in can.
  5. Season pork chops with salt, pepper, and paprika. I did not measure - I sprinkled each chop evenly with the seasoning, both sides.
  6. Place pork chops on the cream of mushroom soup.
  7. You have two options: You can go ahead and add the sauerkraut to the top of the pork chops and cook on high for 6-7 hours - until pork cooked and potatoes are soft.
  8. OR if you enjoy a stronger sauerkraut taste, add the kraut after the pork and potatoes cook for 3-4 hours.
  9. It seems like the longer you cook the kraut with the meat and potatoes, the less sour it is.
  10. I garnished the meal with fresh sweet kale and a bit of paprika.
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Ginger Soy Pork

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Isn’t it fun to run into a grocery store with absolutely nothing in mind?  I made the first step and bought a menu planning calendar but it’s blank.  Empty.  Not one idea written down for the week.  Oh well – guess I’ll start planning next week right?

This blog is dedicated to something with pork in it because it was on sale!  Nothing better than good organic farm raised meat that is on sale.  I’ve been brain storming all day thinking of what is in my cabinets that would pare well with some kind of pork.

You will love this – SO easy and incredibly tasty.  There are so many ways to prepare this pork!  I’ll work on the different ways you can serve this.  It’s definitely something that can be refrigerated and served another way the next day.  Leftovers!  YUM!

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Soy, ginger and star anise – have you had anything made with star anise?  If you like Chinese food, then I’m sure you’ve eaten something with it!  It’s the spice that looks like a star – literally…. as star.  In this dish, you just throw a few pods in and let the pork simmer.  If you love soy…. ginger…. good food…. and fall apart tender pork, then you HAVE to try this.  You will not be disappointed.

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Ginger Soy Pork

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Boneless Country Style Ribs with plenty of fat throughout
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 star anise pods
  • 1 cup dark soy sauce
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 heaping TBSP light brown sugar
  • 1 inch knob of ginger, peeled (keep whole)

Instructions

  1. Cut the pork into large pieces - about 1-2 inches.
  2. Add all ingredients into a dutch oven or heavy pot.
  3. Turn the heat on high and let boil. Then turn the heat down to simmer. Cover the pot.
  4. Let simmer for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Check the pork for tenderness.
  5. **I served the pork over rice and garnished with green onion. I chose a side of stir fried romaine with hoisin sauce.
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Rice Soup with Black Bean Chili Pork and Mixed Mushrooms

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Let me give you some background into this dish.  I am half Chinese and this is my kind of comfort food.  My mom is an amazing cook and can whip up some delicious homemade Chinese food.  I’m not talking General Tzo’s Chicken, Sesame Chicken or fried rice… I’m talking about fresh veggies, Kimchee, and some perfectly seasoned chicken, pork, beef or fish.  I realize now that we were super spoiled with her home-cooked meals.  I can’t even begin to replicate what she cooked!  I try to though…. I can cook the easier meals – but not the more difficult Szechuan Chinese food. Continue reading

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Bourbon Country Style Pork Ribs with Honey Crisp Apples (Crock Pot)

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I’m not quite sure what happened when Nick asked for Bourbon for his birthday.  The dude doesn’t even drink and hates alcohol!  What is going on with my husband?!  But wow am I happy his sister, Stephie, bought him a bottle.  I wanted to cook with it so the less he drinks, the more I can cook with!  Sweet! Continue reading

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