Pork and sauerkraut

By on December 23, 2014

One thing I’ve learned since living in “Linkister” is you don’t fool around with tried and true recipes. In this recipe, to satisfy the natives, just use the first two ingredients and follow the directions as usual. Offer non-peppered mashed potatoes on the side.

I don’t remember where I got this recipe, but I’ve made it for years and everyone loves it. Yet, in “some other houses,” they want tradition on New Year’s Day, so they put their three plain, boiled ingredients on their plate, mash them all together, grab their spoon, and go into the other room to watch the game. The plate may be way up under their chin when they yell for pepper.

This is the time when we who like to savor our food sit at the table with our little flower peppers and Stella Artois, which pairs so well. Cheers!

 

Pork and sauerkraut: if you live in Lancaster County there’s a 75 percent chance you’ll be eating some on New Year’s Day. Michele’s version is spiced up with smoked sausage, mustard and sour cream — and a mashed potato stuffed pepper on the side. (Photo by Michele Walter Fry)

Pork and sauerkraut: if you live in Lancaster County there’s a 75 percent chance you’ll be eating
some on New Year’s Day. Michele’s version is spiced up with smoked sausage, mustard and sour
cream — and a mashed potato stuffed pepper on the side. (Photo by Michele Walter Fry)

Pork and Sauerkraut

Ingredients

4 pounds Boston butt

2 pounds sauerkraut, undrained (bagged, usually sold next to the butt)

Pepper to taste

1 pound smoked sausage

3 tablespoons your favorite mustard

1 cup or more sour cream

Directions

  1. Place pork in a slow cooker. Pour undrained sauerkraut over the roast. Add mustard, sausage and pepper.
  2. Cook on high for one hour, then stir top ingredients. Cook on low for six hours or more. Add sour cream and stir.

 

Mashed Potato Stuffed Peppers

Prepare mashed potatoes as usual. Wash peppers and take out seeds. Cut tops off peppers. You may also cut off bottoms if you don’t want that much pepper. Place peppers in a sprayed baking dish, fill with potatoes and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Transfer with spatula to avoid potatoes falling out. Pat with butter.

Michele Walter Fry welcomes your recipes and comments at michelewalterfry@gmail.com.

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