Smoked Pork Chops with Sauerkraut and Green Apples

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 1h 15m

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. RECOMMENDED WINE: Riesling ALTERNATIVE WINE: Pinot Gris/Grigio


  • 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


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.

RecID 1505

nutrition information per serving

573 calories; 34g total fat; 90mg cholesterol; 1622mg sodium; 27g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 22g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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