Pork & Sauerkraut Recipe – A New Years Tradition in Berks County


TRY THIS SLOW COOKER PORK AND SAUERKRAUT RECIPE TO BRING LUCK, HEALTH, AND GOOD FORTUNE IN THE NEW YEAR.

Many cultures around the world have superstitions relating to food and New Year’s celebrations. Here in Berks County, PA, a common one is a meal of Pork and Sauerkraut on New Year’s Day.

 

Chickens Scratch Backwards

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CHICKENS SCRATCH BACKWARDS,
PIGS ROOT FORWARD

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Pigs Root Forward

 

As the story goes, chickens scratch backwards, pigs root forward thus implying we are looking forward into the New Year and a delicious slow braise of Pork and Sauerkraut in the slow cooker will bring us luck, health and good fortune in the New Year. 

 

INGREDIENTS FOR
PORK & KRAUT

_ (1) 4 lb. D&H bone-in pork butt
_ (2) onions, sliced
_ 1/2 stick, unsalted butter
_ (1) gala apple, cored and sliced
_ 16 oz. sauerkraut, rinsed
_ (1) teaspoon pepper
_ (1) tablespoon salt
_ (1) teaspoon ground caraway seeds
_ 1/2 cup dry riesling

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS FOR
PORK & KRAUT

01_
Rub the pork all over with 1 teaspoon salt, pepper and caraway. Heat a large Skillet on high heat. Place the pork in the skillet and brown all sides. Remove the pork out of the pan and reduce heat to medium-high.

02_
Add butter to pork pan, add the onions into the large skillet over medium heat, until they are well caramelized. You will need to stir the onions frequently as they brown; it will take about 30 minutes.

03_
Add ½ cup dry Riesling and let reduce by half.

04_
Add the onion mixture to the kraut and apples in the bottom of a large roasting pan. Place the pork over the mixture. Cover the pan with foil and roast at 350 F for about 2 hours. Uncover the pan and continue to roast for another 30 minutes until the meat is browned and is falling off the bone.


The New Years Table 


Join in the Tradition!

If you’d like join us in this cool tradition, check out our New Year’s Menu. Given how crazy things were around Christmas, we’re keeping our order window open a little longer for last minute shoppers.

Start your planning today: 
New Year’s Menu 

 

 

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