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.

4Nancy
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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!

Tips

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

Nutrition Facts

765.6 calories; 44 g protein; 51.9 g carbohydrates; 139.1 mg cholesterol; 2024.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 3 stars
06/28/2010
I found that by the time my potatoes were finished cooking the pork was very dry. I omitted the apple and juniper berries and used ground pepper and cloves instead of whole. I put the chopped onion in with the sauerkraut sugar and broth and I crumbled the bacon and put it in 10 minutes before I took it off the stove. I think that I would make this again but without pork. It was very good with just the sausage and sauerkraut and potatoes. Also I looove the taste of sauerkraut so I think I will add more next time and omit the brown sugar to keep it tart. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2010
I gave this 5 stars because it's the real thing just like I had in France! I made some changes because of what I had on hand. I used a 32-jar of sauerkraut a golden delicious apple no juniper berries no pork chops and no fresh parsley. Instead of making a spice bag I just added freshly ground black papper one shake of ground cloves and a teaspoon of dried parsley flakes directly into the pot. I used hot dogs for the meat added the cooked bacon and used about 8 peeled and quartered red potatoes let it simmer about an hour and a half and it all came out delicious. Great recipe! Thanks 4Nancy! Next time I'll follow the recipe exactly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2019
excellent just like the French make it!!! If you follow the recipe.....it will come out perfect. You may need more Chicken broth if your pot is very full. To the lady that didn't have good results.....you didn't follow the recipe correctly or your just not a sauerkraut person. I hope you will try it again and follow to a tee! Don't use russet potatoes they tend to melt down. Yukon Gold are the best for this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/28/2010
I found that by the time my potatoes were finished cooking the pork was very dry. I omitted the apple and juniper berries and used ground pepper and cloves instead of whole. I put the chopped onion in with the sauerkraut sugar and broth and I crumbled the bacon and put it in 10 minutes before I took it off the stove. I think that I would make this again but without pork. It was very good with just the sausage and sauerkraut and potatoes. Also I looove the taste of sauerkraut so I think I will add more next time and omit the brown sugar to keep it tart. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2013
Recipes for this classic Choucroute Garnie are as varied and as plentiful as there are cooks to prepare it. This simplified streamlined version was easy to prepare and a hit with both me and Hubs tonight. But I made it even simpler! First I had sausage on hand and that was plenty for us I didn t bother with the smoked pork chops tho they are definitely a worthwhile addition. I simplified the wrapping of the seasoning and aromatics by simply stuffing them in a tea ball. Finally after sautéing the onions I threw everything in the Crock Pot except for the sausage and let it go for several hours. I used less broth than called for pouring just enough to barely cover the potatoes and sauerkraut along with a good glug of white wine (I used Chardonnay). I used every ingredient called for but skipped the apples as both of us were good without it. An hour before I planned to serve dinner I tossed in the sausage some nice knockwurst from Milwaukee s famous Usinger s. This is a lovely full-flavored and satisfying dish. It also works well using a variety of meats and sausages but traditionally it all must be pork! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/06/2012
Very tasty served with rye bread with butter on the side( great to soak up the juices). I replaced the juniper berries with 1.5 tsp of caraway seeds and used ground cloves ground malabar black pepper and dried parsley as that is what I had. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2013
I created an account just to review this. This recipe is one of the best I've used from this site. I didn't use the Juniper berries as I couldn't find them so I substituted a fresh Rosemary sprig instead. Also I didn't use a spice bag and just put the spices directly into the pot. Tender pork chops sweat tart kraut crispy salty bacon and the potatoes YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2012
Delicious! I didn't follow the recipe exactly but used what I had on hand and everything was great and a hit with the family. I'll make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2017
Thank you. my father used to make a choucroute. A very forgiving recipe. I can see adding different smoked meats to this ad infinitum. used a bit of gin as I had no juniper berries and 1/4 tsp. ground cloves (didn't have whole cloves ). I Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2017
This was exactly what I was looking for -- I followed the recipe except I left out the sugar but I also used a sweeter apple. If I do this again I'll probably use more sauerkraut as I'm running out of sauerkraut to go with the leftovers. Read More
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