Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut

Growing up, my Dad made pork and sauerkraut for New Year's Day every year.  Being away from home this year, I wanted to try making myself it for the first time.  My Dad always cooked his in the oven but I wanted to try this recipe in the crockpot.  The pork came out so moist and tender with the perfect amount of flavor and juice from the sauerkraut.  The crockpot was a success and this meal started off my new year feeling like I was home again!

8 hrs cook time

Ingredients:
2 potatoes
1 onion
32 oz jar of sauerkraut
pork loin
salt and pepper
seasoning

Directions:
Peel and dice 2 potatoes.  Add to bottom of the slow cooker along with the onion, diced as well.  These are basically just to create a "blanket" for the pork to rest on because in my opinion, it cooks better that way.  I used different potatoes for the mashed ones and threw these away.
Season the pork.  I used salt and pepper, Tony's seasoning and a pork rub that I had in the pantry.  Add a little oil to a skillet and brown the pork on all sides.  I did about a minute or two for each side.  Lay on top of potatoes.
Cover with entire jar of sauerkraut, do not drain.  Season with salt and pepper.
Cook on low for 8 hours, stirring occasionally.
Remove and serve when ready.
The pork should just fall apart!
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This was the first year that I wasn't working for New Year's Eve and I couldn't have been more excited about it.  The only problem was, I go to bed at 9:30 these days.  We tried our best to make it to midnight but, unfortunately, I was sound asleep by 11:15.  Thanks to someone shooting off fireworks, the dogs woke us up at what I thought was sure to be 4 in the morning but, it was 12:08 am.  I guess we had just missed midnight.  We calmed the dogs down, said "Happy New Year" and went back to sleep.  The next morning I realized that I completely forgot to drink the sparkling cidar that I bought for myself.  Bummer.  Oh well, "mimosas" are just as good.  Cheers!
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