Sauerkraut and applesauce complement these pork chops nicely, and it's a quick and easy recipe to prepare and bake. Use a good quality refrigerated sauerkraut if possible, and if you have several apples, you might consider making homemade applesauce the day before. See the tips and variations for easy directions for homemade applesauce from your slow cooker.
Serve these flavorful pork chops with boiled or mashed potatoes and sliced tomatoes for a delicious family meal.
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- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 bone-in center cut pork chops
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 1 pound sauerkraut, drained
- 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds, optional
- 1 cup applesauce, regular or with cinnamon
- 3/4 cup apple juice or water
- Heat the oven to 350 F.
- Lightly grease a shallow 2 1/2 to 3-quart baking dish.
- Sprinkle the pork chops lightly with kosher salt and black pepper.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the pork chops in the hot oil for about 8 to 10 minutes, turning to brown both sides. Remove the pork chops to a plate and set aside.
- Add the sliced onions to the same pan and cook, stirring, until the onions are wilted and lightly browned, about 8 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the sauerkraut, caraway seeds, applesauce, and apple juice. Spoon the sauerkraut mixture into the prepared baking dish. Arrange pork chops on the sauerkraut and then top with the browned onions. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
- Uncover and bake for 10 minutes longer, or until the pork chops are tender.
- Serve the pork chops and sauerkraut with potatoes and a side vegetable or salad. Sliced fresh tomatoes are great if they're in season. Or serve the dish with fried apples and steamed green beans.
Makes 4 servings.
Tips and Variations
- Refrigerated sauerkraut in jars or pouches are usually the best quality. These are sometimes found near the deli. A shelf stable sauerkraut is pasteurized, killing the beneficial bacteria and vitamin C. The flavor may be there, but many of the benefits are lost.
- Peel, core, and thinly slice a large tart apple. Add the sliced apple to the skillet along with the onions and cook, stirring, until the onion is lightly browned and the apple is tender.
- Instead of bone-in pork chops, prepare the dish with country style ribs or rib chops. Brown them in the skillet and proceed with the recipe.
- Add julienned carrots to the skillet with the onions. Continue cooking and stirring until the onion is lightly browned. Proceed with the recipe.
- Homemade Chunky Slow Cooker Applesauce - Peel, core, and dice about 1 dozen cooking apples. Combine the apples in the slow cooker with 1/2 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, if desired, and about 3/4 cup of sugar. Cover and cook the applesauce on low for about 8 to 10 hours.
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