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Smoked Pork Chops with Sauerkraut and Green Apples

Source: The Wine Lover's Cookbook
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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 15 Minutes
  Serves 6 as an entrée
This is a spin on an Alsatian choucroute (without the goose fat), which is considered to be a classic match with off-dry Rieslings. In this case, the tongue-tingling sauerkraut and sweet-tartness of green apples provide a stimulating match with the pleasant acidity of the wine, while the slight sweetness of the Riesling contrasts the smoky, salty pork. The mixture slowly simmers in a bottle of Riesling as well, giving the match extremely good odds of success—a perfect Sunday night winter dinner dish.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
3 ounces pancetta or bacon, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
6 whole juniper berries, crushed with the back of a knife
4 whole black peppercorns
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
6 whole cloves
3/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
One 750-milliliter bottle Riesling
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 22-ounce jar sauerkraut, rinsed with cold water and squeezed
3/4 pound boneless pork loin chops (about 3/4-inch thick)
1 pound smoked chicken or pork sausage, halved crosswise
3/4 pound Yellow Finn or other yellow-fleshed potatoes, quartered
1 1/2 cups sliced green apples
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DIRECTIONS
In a large stockpot, sauté pancetta in its own fat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and onions and continue sautéing for 5 to 6 minutes. Add juniper berries, peppercorns, thyme, bay leaf, cloves, caraway seeds, wine, and cider vinegar. Put sauerkraut into the pot and carefully place pork chops, sausage, and potatoes into the sauerkraut and liquid so that they're well covered. Cover pot and simmer for 50 minutes. Add the apples and continue cooking for 4 to 5 minutes.


Divide meat, sauerkraut, and potatoes evenly onto plates or serve in large soup bowls.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Chronicle. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 6 as an entrée
Calories: 573
Fat. Total: 34g
Fiber: 2g
Carbohydrates, Total: 27g
Sodium: 1622mg
% Cal. from Fat: 53%
Cholesterol: 90mg
Protein: 22g
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