Emmaus, PA

#1 Dec 30, 2011
Anyone having this traditional meal for new year's eve or new year's day? Having pork and sauerkraut on the eve or first of the new year was suppose to bring you good luck and blessings for the entire year.
Anyway, it tastes good and it's nutritious. My mother always prepared it by cooking it on the stove top for 3 or 4 hours. I have also tried this recipe with center cut pork chops, but my family still likes the traditional recipe best. I used pork top loin before, and it turned out great, but I wanted to try a leaner cut like pork tenderloin, but I was told that it won't come out as flavorful because there is much less fat on it. Has anyone prepared this meal for New Year's, and what cut of pork do you prefer? HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!

“Dirk Duncum”

Since: Feb 07


#2 Dec 31, 2011
I think it is overrated and bland. My family tries to get me over to eat it, but I am never in a hurry to do so.

Emmaus, PA

#3 Jan 1, 2012
aginghipster wrote:
I think it is overrated and bland. My family tries to get me over to eat it, but I am never in a hurry to do so.
It had always been a tradition in my family. As a child, I would balk at the thought of having to sit down to this meal, yet I would always eat most of what was on my plate. I suppose it was the smell that I didn't really like, though. My mother slowed cooked it on top of the stove for 4 hours, until the pork fell apart and was very tender. She also made mashed potatos as a side dish, which I believe is a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. Pork and Sauerkraut is not my favorite meal, but once a year, I tend to enjoy it. This year, I'm preparing pork chops with kraut instead, and that's good too. I add some beer and bake in the oven. I actually like this better then the stove top method. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours.

Nazareth, PA

#4 Jan 5, 2012
Growing up we had it every New Year.

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