This easy and delicious pork & sauerkraut recipe will be your go-to dish for a New Year full of good luck! A traditional PA Dutch recipe cooked on the stovetop is a super easy meal to enjoy all year long.
I got a call from my father on New Year's Eve around 7:30 pm requesting us to not call at midnight to say Happy New Year, for he would be in bed.
We both laughed and wished each other a good night. Before we hung up, he asked the question “So, what are you having for dinner tomorrow?”
My answer was “Pork & sauerkraut of course!”
Pork and Sauerkraut on Stovetop
Tradition has it in Pennsylvania Dutch country that eating this dish on New Years Day will bring good luck for the year.
How could you pass that up?
Something you will notice with PA Dutch dishes: most are very basic and boiled, like our recipe for Ham & Green Beans with Potatoes!
This recipe is no exception.
Pork & Sauerkraut Recipe For New Years
There are many dishes that have the tale of bringing a year of good fortune. This traditional recipe has been served for New Years for as long as I can remember.
I will be honest, this has a very unique aroma while cooking, but the end results are super delicious and make great leftover sandwiches too!
The key success to this easy pork and sauerkraut recipe all comes down to the sauerkraut. I only use Silver Floss out of the glass jar and you can get it on Amazon.
What Cut of Pork is Best for Pork & Sauerkraut?
The best cut of pork for this dish is a boneless center-cut roast.
Since it will be cooking in liquid, it will remain juicy and tender and will not dry out. I usually use a 2-3 pound cut for a family of 4. This is plenty for dinner and to have leftovers too.
What Should I Serve with Sauerkraut?
Since this dish cooks together, you may wonder what you should serve with it. Our favorite side dish is mashed potatoes. Mixing the kraut with potatoes and a piece of pork roast tastes so incredible!
Other serving suggestions could be
- Potato pancakes. We have a really tasty recipe for them – check out this post for How to Make Potato Pancakes.
- Hot dogs or Bratwurst
- Turkey Reuben
Pork & Sauerkraut Ingredients
How to Make
Place pork roast in a pot with water.
Cover with an entire jar of sauerkraut. No need to rinse the kraut if using from the glass jar. If you can only find the canned version, then rinsing is okay to remove the metallic can taste.
Place lid on the pot and simmer on your stovetop! SUPER easy!
A must on your dish?
If you like simple recipes, then here are some others to try!
- 2-3 lb. Center cut boneless pork roast
- 1 32 oz Silver Floss Shredded Sauerkraut (in the glass jar)
- Salt & Pepper
- Place pork roast in a pot with about 2 cups water.
- Cover with the entire jar of sauerkraut.
- Salt & pepper.
- Place lid on the pot and simmer for 4 hours.
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Serving Size:1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 677 Total Fat: 49g Saturated Fat: 18g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 26g Cholesterol: 204mg Sodium: 679mg Carbohydrates: 3g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 53g
Original Post: 1/1/10