PA Dutch New Year’s Day – Pork and Sauerkraut
Tomorrow is a new year already. Time is flying by as I get older. I always heard the old folks say this and now I’m saying it. Oh No!!! I’m an old folk. Being raised with a PA Dutch background, we always had on New Year’s Day – Pork and Sauerkraut. It’s supposed to be good luck but I know where my good luck comes from…the Lord and not from a dead pig. But we still have the tradition to eat it on New Year’s Day.
- 4 to 5 lb. pork roast
- 2 jars of sauerkraut
- salt and pepper to taste
- Fill a large soup pot or crock pot with a ⅓ full of water. Put roast and sauerkraut around roast in the water. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you’re using a crock pot cook 6 to 8 hours. On top of the stove method-simmer for 4 to 5 hours. Some people put an apple into their sauerkraut but I don’t since I cook it long, the sauerkraut is mild. If you like real sour sauerkraut, don’t put it in the pot until the last 2 hours. Serve with mashed potatoes.
Some people put the pork and sauerkraut on top of the mashed potatoes. I put a pat of butter on the potatoes and then the sauerkraut. However you like it is how you eat it. Enjoy!
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