Wednesday, May 30, 2007

German Sauerkraut Casserole

Yield: 4 servings (can be easily doubled for a large family or two for one meal)
Prep: 30 minutes, plus slow cooking 6 hours. Bakes 1 hour in oven.

2 cups thinly sliced potatoes
1 large onion, sliced
1 bottle sauerkraut, rinsed
4 pork chops
2 teaspoons caraway seed

Brown meat and reserve drippings for gravy. Layer bottom of baking dish or crock pot with 1 cup of potatoes, half the onion slices and half the sauerkraut. Sprinkle with 1 tsp of caraway seed and then top with half the meat. Add another layer of potatoes, onions, sauerkraut, seed, and meat.

Pour 1 cup water over all and bake uncovered for 1 hour, or cover and cook 6 hours in crockpot.

Make water gravy with meat drippings. To do so pour water into drippings, slowly pour a mixture of cornstarch and water into drippings and stir with a wire whisk to prevent lumps. Add seasonings to taste. Serve over casserole.

This is an authentic German recipe my Grandmother discovered while traveling and a family favorite!

Tips and Tricks:
I always double this recipe for an easy second meal! Its even better as leftovers because the flavors blend. Be sure to rinse the sauerkraut unless you like it really strong!

How Kids Can Help:
Kids can help layer the vegetables in the pan.

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