Alsatian Pork and Sauerkraut


This is a French recipe, very easy and a real comfort food. An all in one pot meal! I have gotten people who say they don't like sauerkraut to try this dish. They couldn't believe how good it is and asked for more.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
4 servings


  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 (16 ounce) can sauerkraut, drained

  • 1 ½ tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 4 cups chicken broth, plus more if needed

  • 3 potatoes, quartered

  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced

  • 12 juniper berries

  • 6 whole black peppercorns

  • 2 whole cloves

  • 1 sprig fresh parsley

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 4 (6 ounce) boneless pork chops, 1/2 inch thick

  • 1 pound kielbasa sausage, cut into 3-inch pieces


  1. Place the bacon in a large, deep pot, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring to turn pieces occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon pieces on a paper towel-lined plate. With a paper towel, wipe the bacon grease out of the pot but keep as much of the brown bits as possible. Stir in the onion, sauerkraut, brown sugar, and chicken broth, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the potatoes and apple slices.

  2. Place the juniper berries, peppercorns, cloves, parsley, and bay leaf into a small cheesecloth square, and tie the ends together to make a spice bag (or place the spices into a stainless steel tea ball). Place the spice bag into the pot, and add the pork chops and kielbasa sausage pieces. Add more chicken broth, if needed, to just cover the ingredients. Bring the pot to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the potatoes are very tender, about 1 hour.

  3. To serve, use a slotted spoon to remove the sauerkraut, potatoes, and apple slices to the center of a serving platter. Arrange bacon, pork chops, and kielbasa pieces around the outside of the platter.

Cook's Notes

The apples and brown sugar take the strong tartness out of the sauerkraut. It is a very savory dish for a cold winter night!

You can find juniper berries in the spice section of the grocery store.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

766 Calories
42g Fat
52g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 766
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 14g 71%
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 2024mg 88%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 63mg 313%
Calcium 123mg 9%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 1731mg 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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