A lot of folks these days are trying to increase their intake of fermented foods. So, I wanted to devise an easy weeknight meal that uses sauerkraut. As a bonus, sauerkraut keeps for a long time in the fridge!
This meal is super simple: throw some sauerkraut in the crock pot, top it with seasoned pork chops, add a few onion and apple slices, then let your slow cooker do its thing. I used a very small amount of apple to keep carbs low. This isn't a sweet dish, so if you would like you can add about 12 oz unsweetened applesauce. I have not tried it myself, but I've seen numerous recipes which do so.
SLOW-COOKER PORK CHOPS WITH APPLES, ONION, AND SAUERKRAUT
Serves about 4
- 1 bag sauerkraut (look for a brand with no added sugar), rinsed and thoroughly dried
- 1/4 tsp caraway seeds
- 4 thick cut pork chops
- Half of a Granny Smith apple, cut into 12 wedges (or use a whole one if you like a lot of apple)
- Half of a large yellow onion, thickly sliced
- Seasoning for the pork chops. I used Penzeys Singapore seasoning, which sounds weird but is awesome on pork. You can approximate it by using a combination of lemon pepper and curry powder. Or, use just one or the other, or do something else and use salt and pepper with a little dried rosemary or sage.
- Set the sauerkraut in the bottom of your slow cooker. Mix in the caraway seed.
- Season the pork chops with whatever spices you are using. Set them on top of the sauerkraut. Top each pork chop with about 3 apple slices, then top with sliced onion.
- Cook on low for about 6 hours or until tender.
Make-ahead directions: Layer the apples and onions on the seasoned pork chops. Wrap up the little packets in plastic wrap and freeze. This can be cooked directly in the slow cooker without thawing first.