My family which is mostly German-Irish ate the same meal for New Year's every year of my life. It consisted of pork roast, sauerkraut, kielbasa and mashed potatoes. We ate the pork (pork roast and kielbasa) because pigs are a symbol of progress. Pigs push forward, rooting themselves in the ground before moving, and we need to move into the New Year in the same way. We eat sauerkraut, as it's believed it will bring blessings and wealth for the new year. It also reminds us that with the good comes the bitter as well. We eat potatoes to remind us that even as poor men we still had potatoes to eat.

Dianna Jacobs-Fresh
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat bacon drippings in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in hot drippings until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir diced apple and caraway seeds with the onion and cook until apple is just tender, about 3 minutes more. Add sauerkraut and stir.

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  • Stir white wine, chicken stock, and brown sugar together in a bowl; pour over the sauerkraut mixture.

  • Put pork roast into the bottom of the crock of your slow cooker. Pour sauerkraut mixture over the pork.

  • Cook on Low until the pork easily falls apart when pulled with a fork, 6 to 8 hours; add kielbasa sausage pieces and continue to cook until the sausage is heated through, 15 to 20 minutes more.

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Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

422 calories; 26.7 g total fat; 93 mg cholesterol; 1344 mg sodium. 15.9 g carbohydrates; 26.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2015
I followed the recipe exactly and I'm happy I did. I'm not normally a fan of Caraway seeds but they weren't overpowering in this dish. My better half is using just so-so about sauerkraut (I love it) but with the apple and brown sugar it had a bit of a sweetness to it that she enjoyed and I thought was good too. The roast came out juicy and tender. This was the very first time ever that my lady didn't go for steak sauce with a pork roast which is a huge success for both my kitchen and for this recipe. Thank you for a great one. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/17/2015
IF you have to drain and rinse the sauerkraut why not just use some chopped cabbage? once sauerkraut is rinsed it loses most of its original flavor and I might add most of its health benefits also. You can drain 1/2 the liquid ad then add a little chicken broth or water to temper the sourness if you wish but never rinse Read More
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  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2015
I followed the recipe exactly and I'm happy I did. I'm not normally a fan of Caraway seeds but they weren't overpowering in this dish. My better half is using just so-so about sauerkraut (I love it) but with the apple and brown sugar it had a bit of a sweetness to it that she enjoyed and I thought was good too. The roast came out juicy and tender. This was the very first time ever that my lady didn't go for steak sauce with a pork roast which is a huge success for both my kitchen and for this recipe. Thank you for a great one. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2015
I followed the recipe exactly and I'm happy I did. I'm not normally a fan of Caraway seeds but they weren't overpowering in this dish. My better half is using just so-so about sauerkraut (I love it) but with the apple and brown sugar it had a bit of a sweetness to it that she enjoyed and I thought was good too. The roast came out juicy and tender. This was the very first time ever that my lady didn't go for steak sauce with a pork roast which is a huge success for both my kitchen and for this recipe. Thank you for a great one. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/17/2015
IF you have to drain and rinse the sauerkraut why not just use some chopped cabbage? once sauerkraut is rinsed it loses most of its original flavor and I might add most of its health benefits also. You can drain 1/2 the liquid ad then add a little chicken broth or water to temper the sourness if you wish but never rinse Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2015
Very good recipe. Used pork loin roast and cooked it for 8 hrs and the roast shredded nicely and my mennonite farmers sausage was so tender. I cooked the sausage from the beginning with the roast. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2015
This dish has always been a favorite in my family. I cooked the roast pork with seasonings of salt pepper and garlic salt slow roasted for two hours with water in the bottom for the roasting pan. My saur kraut is made with four strips of bacon cut into small pieces 1 onion cut into small pieces also brown sugar to taste cooked for at least one hour until the sauce in the pan thickens the juices of the saur kraut. The gravy is made from the pan juices from the pork and served over Chateau bread dumplings found in the frozen food section of your store. Delish and a wonderful fall meal for those colder days. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2018
I have never cared for sauerkraut but this was very good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2017
I omitted the caraway because I don't like it and replaced the wine with beer. Turned out Fantastic!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2015
My family has a similar New Year's tradition except without the kielbasa. The only other change I made to this was to drain but not rinse the sauerkraut - I like mine tart! This was delicious and so easy to do in the slow cooker. Next time I'll add the kielbasa. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2015
It was good. I added potatoes instead of making mashed potatoes. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/07/2017
To be fair I didn't use the bacon drippings because I didn't have any nor the keilbasa since I didn't want it in the meal but I wouldn't make again. Not the flavor I was looking for. Read More