Monday, March 15, 2010

Pork Roast & Sauerkraut

(Couldn't find my picture easily, so I'll just post this and try to add it later.)

This is a simple, "feel-good" kind of meal. If you use a crock pot, it takes less than 10 minutes to throw everything together, and you can enjoy the smell of it cooking all day long. Although I will warn you, you may feel tortured by the time dinner rolls around. Even if you aren't a big fan (as my kids like to say) of sauerkraut, I'd challenge you to try this recipe. I'm the only one in my family that eats the actual sauerkraut, but they love the flavoring it gives the roast. The apple in the recipe cuts the tartness of the sauerkraut.

Pork Roast & Sauerkraut
Pork Roast
can or bag of sauerkraut
small onion, sliced
1/2 granny smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 tsp caraway seed
1/2 tsp minced garlic or a couple cloves fresh garlic

Pour 1/2 of the kraut into the bottom of the pan.
Sprinkle 1/2 of onion and apple over kraut.
Sprinkle with caraway seeds and minced garlic
Place roast in pan.
Pour remaining kraut over roast. Add onion, apple, caraway seeds and minced garlic on top.
I set the crock pot on low for at least 6 hours for a small 1 lb roast and 8 hours for 2 lb roast.

You could buy a big roast and use an appropriate amount of sauerkraut for one meal and use the remainder of the pork for BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches. If the pork is tender enough to pull apart, pull apart with a couple forks. Add BBQ sauce of your liking and reheat in a crock pot on high for a couple hours another day. If the pork isn't that tender, cook longer in the crock pot until tender. You can add some BBQ sauce to the remainder of the roast to start flavoring it, adding more once you pull it apart.

Cooking times will vary for different size roasts. I have always like to "over cook" my pork so it is fork-tender. For a quick guide to crock pot cooking times, click here. For a quick guide to roasting meats in the oven, click here.

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