Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut with Apples


The apple and onion together work magic on this classic dish. This is traditionally served on New Year's Day in Central Pennsylvania. It is customarily served with mashed potatoes. The sauerkraut mixture tops the mashed potatoes like a gravy. Surprisingly good.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
6 servings


  • 6 thick-cut pork chops

  • 4 tart apples, peeled and sliced

  • 1 large onion, sliced

  • water to cover

  • 1 quart sauerkraut

  • ½ teaspoon fennel seed, or to taste


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown pork chops in hot skillet, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain.

  2. Arrange apples and onion in the bottom of a slow cooker; top with browned pork chops. Pour in enough water to cover bottom of the slow cooker crock.

  3. Cook on High for 3 hours (or on Low for 6 hours). Add sauerkraut and fennel seed to pork chop mixture. Cook for 1 more hour.

Cook's Note:

Caraway seed can be substituted for fennel seed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

400 Calories
18g Fat
22g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 400
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 1103mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 30mg 148%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 986mg 21%

* 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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