Pork Chops with Apples, Sweet Potatoes, and Sauerkraut
This sweet yet savory medley of apples, sweet potatoes, onions, and sauerkraut cooks up perfectly in the slow cooker! Don't be afraid of the sauerkraut---it becomes sweet and mild.
This sweet yet savory medley of apples, sweet potatoes, onions, and sauerkraut cooks up perfectly in the slow cooker! Don't be afraid of the sauerkraut---it becomes sweet and mild.
I've made this twice now - the first time as per the recipe and it was nice (would have been 3-4 stars). The second time I poured a half cup of white wine over the potato, onion and apple layers and sprinkled with a tsp of dried thyme - and I also added a tablespoon of caraway seeds to the sauerkraut. I then cooked it long and slow in my oven and it was great.Read More
I've made this twice now - the first time as per the recipe and it was nice (would have been 3-4 stars). The second time I poured a half cup of white wine over the potato, onion and apple layers and sprinkled with a tsp of dried thyme - and I also added a tablespoon of caraway seeds to the sauerkraut. I then cooked it long and slow in my oven and it was great.
This was incredibly delicious! It was my first attempt at pork chops, but the recipe was so simple that it came out fantastic! I added a bit more brown sugar to mine (about twice the recipe calls for, and added an extra sweet potatoe, because two didn't seem enough. I think next time I will use apples with a more tart taste. Definately on my top ten list of recipes I will be making again!!
The ingredients listed didn't sound to me like they would taste good all together in one dish, but this was delicious! I added a little cinnamon with the nutmeg, and sprinkled some onion powder on the pork chops after I browned them in butter, then poured a little white wine over the whole thing before cooking it. The meat was super tender and the vegetables/apples had a wonderful mellow comfort-food flavor.
I made this for New Year's Day 2011! It was fabulous. I did a few things a little different. I didn't have time for the crock pot so I used my cast iron dutch oven. I used a little more brown sugar and added 2 cloves of garlic. Sprinkled sage on the pork chops, added caraway seeds and about another tbsp brown sugar to the sauerkraut after rinsing and squeezing it to get the sour juice out,,,and then put about 3 tbsp thinly sliced butter pats on top of the sauerkraut and then poured about 1/4 cup Reisling wine. Cooked at 250 degrees for 3 hours and it was fantastic. The pork chops were super tender, the flavors of everything else were super complimentary. I am going to make this a New Year Tradition!
I ended up adding one cup of chicken broth to this about three hours into cooking. I was a bit concerned that the potatoes were not getting cooked through because of a lack of liquid. After five hours, and the extra broth, the potatoes were indeed done, and the dish was tasty. Great combination!
The flavors in this recipe are fantastic! Definitely one that will be made frequently in our house.
Excellent, the sweet and sour combination of the sweet potatoes, apples and sauerkraut was delicious.
I added extra sugar because my husband doesn't like the sourness of sauerkraut. The apples cooked up a little more than we liked but I will just slice them thicker next time. The taste was very good and my husband even liked the sauerkraut.
This was a very flavorful dish, sweet and sour combined. The apples, sweet potatoes and sauerkraut joined together in taste which made it difficult to separate each without looking. But outside of that, very good. The pork was super tender and tasty. Thanks for a great recipe!
This was a nice change from my regular potato/kraut recipe. I added an extra sweet potato and apple, added cinnamon and a little more nutmeg and put in 1/4 cup brown sugar rather than 1T. Also, if you don't like tart sauerkraut, rinse it off in a collander before putting it in the recipe. I also added 1 1/2 cups apple juice before cooking this because I wanted more moisture. This recipe is a keeper!!!
This is a great recipe. Something different and the tastes of the sweet pototoes, onions and apples with a hint of sweet with the saurkraut is wonderful.
there is no liquid in this recipe...of course it is dry add a can of broth or a dry soup packet with water
Wonderful, tender, quick meal. The apples added the perfect compliment to the Sauerkraut. This is almost a once a weeker. Thank you.
Five stars with some of the changes suggested by other users. I added 1/2 c. white cooking wine so it wouldn't dry out. Used 4 sweet potatoes (not yams) and did not peel as their skins are lighter. Used 4 med tart apples. I mixed 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp sea salt in a separate bowl and coated the apples before tossing them in. I mixed 1/2 the amount of the saurkraut called for w/1 tsp caraway seed. It was fabulous! I'm keeping this recipe on hand all Fall.
added 1/2 cup wine. really good. will try with some thyme next time
I didn't think this was good enough to make again. It was pretty bland, even with the addition of white wine. All the flavors blended together and nothing stood out or impressed.
Hmm. I really wanted to like this recipe, we love all the ingredients but it was bland, just too bland, and in 6 hrs the pots were not cooked and neither were the onions. I had to finish them on the stove. I DO, however, plan to make this again because my DH and son loved it, go figure! I plan to change it a lot. I plan to add chopped bacon to the pot, prob 3 slices, to saute the onions before putting them in and to use apple cider to deglaze the pan (I did that this time too). Also, much more salt and I will add a TB of prepared mustard and maybe some celery seed. I think it will be great with these changes.
Great recipe! Would definitely make it again. I used boned center cut pork chops, but I cut the bones out before placing them into the crock pot. They were much thinner than the typical bonless pork chop, so I did not brown them first because I thought they would come out too dry. Glad I just threw them in the crock pot, because they came out very tender.
What a fabulous recipe! Was wondering how the sauerkraut would be with the apples, but it was great. The sweetness of the apples minimized the tartness of the sauerkraut. Even my husband who SAYS he isn't picky (but he is) loved it!
Everyone in my family loved this recipe! One of my favorites off of this website. I wouldn't change a thing.
The perfect mix of sweet and sour. I love sauerkraut and this dish was amazing. I did not brown the pork chops because I'm lazy :) Still turned out very very good!
I didn't love this dish. I followed the recipe, and it came out a little tangy, and strange. Not my taste.
This has become a regular meal in our house. We love it!
This was just fine. It was somewhat good, but I probably wouldn't make it again. I added extra seasonings, like sage and mustard powder, and also added about half a bottle of beer to the crock pot. And it was just okay! I did have to cook mine longer than 5 hours - actually, I went 7 hours and turned it on high for one hour, just to make sure the sweet potatoes were done. Thanks for the recipe...
If you like dry pork chops and food with no flavor then this is the recipe for you. Okay...it's not really *that* bad, but I wouldn't say it's that great either. I used allspice instead of nutmeg and added some cayenne pepper as well but it didn't help much. I would definitely say seasoning the pork more before the initial browning would help a lot. In the end, it is a very easy slow cooker recipe but nothing spectacular.
Wasn't bad. good flavor. Ended up being one big pot of mush. Needs more substance.
This was fabulous! I was a little unsure but the flavors are so great together. I will definitely make this again and pass this recipe on.
I loved the combination. Will make it again.
I really didnt think this would be good but we really liked it. My husband says its nice to have something different. I use a little less krout and a little more brown sugar.
I did like this dish and I will make it again. The pork chop came out perfectly cooked and not dry. I baked in oven for 2 hours at 300 in my Lodge cast iron dutch oven, but I microwaved potato slices first 4min. since I was not sure of doneness and I browned my chops.
This was so good with the sweet potatoes. I am always trying to get my boyfriend to eat more of them and this was perfect
Was missing something. I add the wine and caraway seeds but the flavor wasn't there.
instead of apples, I used apple sauce and poured it over the sauerkraut. then i sprinkled about 1/4 cup sugar over it and baked in a 9 X 14 @350 for about 1 hr. Excellent!
Browned pork in a cast iron pot, removed, added other ingredients, covered and baked in oven for 60 minutes at 400 degrees. That was too high a temp/too long of a cooking time; chops were a little dry. Added wine as another reviewer did; still not enough 'juice' for us. We loved it: Very tasty. My fiance' kept saying, "This is good." Next time I will add more fresh sauerkraut & apples (which cooked down quite a bit; he dislikes apples but loved the flavour they added). Thanks for sharing!
The taste was great, the apples and potatoes turned out wonderfully but the pork chops turned out really dry. I got to thinking after the matter that maybe they turned out dry because I opened the crock-pot to check the potatoes, thought maybe I let out all the moisture and that's why they ended up dry. I may attempt to make again and leave lid alone but no guarantees that hubby will want to eat it again after the first attempt.
I'm sorry but this just wasn't for us. I added 5 times the brown sugar called for and it still had a vinegary taste. 2 stars because the potatoes came out pretty good.
Beware of trying to put the whole recipe into a 3 qt. crock! Also, beware of trying to cook it on low for 5 hours, it won't be done. At least, that was my experience.
A real crowd pleaser! Just killer! I nuked the potatoes 4 minutes first, then baked in a foiled baking pan for an hour instead of the cooker. The sauerkraut was mellowed by the covered baking, and the chops were perfect. The potatoes disappeared into a lovely sweet-sour flavor. (We didn't peel the thin skins, and they were unnoticeable.)
I loved this dish! Sadly my 7 yr old did not. I think the sauerkraut is what turned him off; but, I thought it made for a wonderful, hearty dish.
i personally thought this recipe was wonderful, but my family had mixed reviews. i used three sweet potatoes, three apples and one and a half onions and it still turned out okay. i think i could've used a little less sauerkraut (i used a large can) and maybe seasoned the chops with salt and pepper. i used white wine for the extra liquid and i think next time i make this i will use half wine half water to make the taste a little more mild. other than these minor changes this recipe is good if you're looking for something different.
I wasn't crazy about this dish. The potatoes needed more time to cook as they were not completely done. I would definitely not add the sauercraut next time as it took away from the taste of the potatoes and apples.
This recipe turned out well. I cooked some sausage along with it and it added extra flavor. Bratwurst, Keilbasa, and Italian sausage would all work with this recipe.
I made this according to the recipe, except I added a little cinnamon per previous reviewer. The pork chops were good and very tender. The sweet potatoes were OK. The apples cooked to mush. Overall it was just weird to me. I like all the ingredients but they did not work together. My husband was not a fan either. I will not make this one again.
the pork soaked in the sauerkraut juices and that part was really good. the sweet potatoes did nothing for me, and the apples turned to mush.
TRIED Dec 27, 2014 EXCELLENT -- loved it! TENDER VERY TENDER!! VERY TASTY AND so very easy to put together. I did add double the brown sugar and also added some ground thyme. CUT apples and onions in large slices and or sections. I used tart apples (Granny Smith).
Not a favorite. The flavor just wasn't there. I'll tweek it a bit to fit my family's taste.
Good flavors, but something went terribly awry with my chops and the texture was not good. Might try it again in the oven instead.
I don't even like saurkraut, but this was delicious!!! I have already made it several times.
Totally Yum! Very Easy! I didn't think my family would like the sauerkraut (Im not to found of it myself) but it was REALLY good! I wouldn't change a thing. If you follow the recipe EXACTLY, you will have a perfect dinner...
One of my favorite meals to make! My boyfriend and roommate love it! :)
Great recipe. My husband, who is not a pork chop lover, agreed we should do it again! This time I followed Sarah’s suggestions and added some Sauvignon Blanc on top of veggies and caraway seeds to the sauerkraut, which I rinsed first. Only thing I will do different next time is sprinkle the seasonings on top of veggies AND on top of the pork chops since all the flavors seemed to have been in the veggies. The chops seemed a bit bland. Also need to put on high for an hour before switching to low. Potatoes not quite done. Great all around combination.
This dish had no flavor.
very dry ,husband hated it but he hates a lot of things. i will not make again
My husband really liked this recipe and I did too.
I've made this recipe twice and it's fantastic. Flavours meld beautifully. I put the onion into the frying pan after the pork chops were out and used about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan and poured that over the lower layers before putting in the chops and sauerkraut. The flavour only gets better as leftovers. I've shared this recipe with friends. Love it.
I was looking for an easy slow cooker recipe and love to try new things - this looked interesting. I have never cooked raw sweet potatoes before and this recipe was awesome! My husband I both loved it and will definitely make it again. I also poured a cup of white wine over the top. Thanks for a great recipe.
A good recipe if you like sauerkraut. The pork was very tender and tasted good after 5.5 hr on low. I used 4 boneless butterfly loin chops weighing about 2lb. I also used Granny Smith apples and cut them 1/2 inch thick, and were pretty well intact at the end of things. I found the sweet potatoes to be too mushy for my taste, though. This may have been because I added ~1 cup of white wine 3 hours in, as suggested by a previous review. I liked the taste though, and next time will cut the sweet potatoes a bit thicker. Overall, very satisfying.
Everything was mushy. Tasted OK, but I was disappointed. Lots of liquid. Only put in 1/2 cup of water.
Enjoyable flavor but pork seems to dry out in the slow cooker no matter how short/long I keep them cooking!
While I really enjoyed this recipe, I think I’ll tweak it a bit the next time I make it. I opted for the oven option… which might have led to the sweet potatoes not getting as soft as I’d like. All in all, a great idea. Thanks, RCKim!
We made this recipe as is. The pork was dry, the sweet potatoes, thinly sliced, were still hard and the nutmeg adhered itself to the pork chops. No one in my family of four voted to put this recipe into our rotation.
made a few changes, no onion, switched sweet potato for butternut squash, cooked it in a Dutch oven, 375 for an hour, 300 for an hour. browned the pork chops and squash, layered it in a Creuset and popped it in the oven. really tasty!
Followed the recipe exactly. Bland, tough, unappetizing. We had PBJ's for dinner. Much tastier!
After sightly browning in the pork chops in a pan, I cooked them in a covered stoneware pot 375 deg. oven for about 45min to one hour. I cooked the apples separately and added them later to the dish because I don't like it when apples taste like the rest of the dish instead of apples. I did not drain the canned sauerkraut because I thought it needed the extra juice. Pork chops came out super tender!
There was nothing about this recipe that I or my family enjoyed. I love all of the ingredients but it just didn't work together.
I did some changes because of what I had. Swopped out Pork for Beef Shoulder Roast. Deleted Sugar and Sauerkraut. Added another small onion, turmeric, basil, Thyme, 3 cloves of garlic, 1/4 cup of red wine, coconut oil, Ceylon cinnamon, and 3 small carrots.
This was different. But I like all the ingredients separately, so I gave it a try. I thought it was ok- my husband did not. He ate his pork but left everything else and made weird faces through dinner. I think he was being a bit dramatic, as I ate it and liked it ok. However, I don't think I'll be making this one again. Thanks for sharing, though- I am glad we tried it, as you just never know what will be to your taste!
Turned out great!
I tried making this recipe without the sauerkraut, because I don't care for it. I did add white wine as several suggested, but the meat was very dry, almost inedible and a waste of good pork chops. The sweet potatoes and apples were fantastic. If I were to make it again I would put the meat on the bottom and perhaps use broth and wine to make sure the meat doesn't dry out.
the saurkraut makes the apples bitter
I have made this twice just as the recipes said. This to me is a comfort food. Love, Love it. I fixed the first time and invited my sister and brother-in-law over. He claimed he hated sauerkraut, so I told him he didn't have to eat that part. He decided to try it, and was hooked. He even got seconds.
I found that even after 6 hours the sweet potatoes and onion had not softened (they were crunchy!) I added 1/2 cup white wine like one reviewer suggested. I had made this dinner to eat before going to the theater with my wife. Because vegetables were not done, I left it cooking while we were at the theater. Came home and ate it, and it was delicious. Pork chops very moist and tender (cut with fork). Vegetables were soft, but not mush. All in all, it cooked 10 hours. Next time I make it (and there will be a next time) 10 hours is what I'm planning on.
I think this turned out great! I baked a 2.5# pork loin @ 325• until an internal temp. of 145• and allowed to rest. Tender and flavorful. Put loin in a cooking bag and added 2 sliced apples, canned yams, 1/2 onion, 3 red potatoes (cut in 1/4's). Rolled everything in brown sugar and nutmeg (including the pork). Plan on using whatever leftovers for some pulled pork!
I personally thought this was a decent recipe. One worth trying so to taste the flavors together. My husband didn't like it so much due to the sweet potatoes. For a healthy recipe, this is one worth making. Very filling. :)
This turned out awful - the sauerkraut I used was way too sour and I used Granny Smith apples I had on hand in addition. I was really disappointed. The amount of sugar was too low in my opinion. Sweet potatoes also took a lot longer to cook and tasted bland (or my tastebuds got killed by all the sour). If I ever make it again (my husband says no), I'll use very sweet apples for the recipe, and more sugar. I also think I'll skip the sweet potatoes.
Very tasty, even without the nutmeg. I added a quarter cup of water and a tsp. of butter, so I would not risk it being dry. I also added diced carrots. Yum! I took my picture after we are half of it already
Not a lot of flavor. Meat was tough. Won't make this again.
Meh. Pork was tough, apples melted away, sweet potatoes yucky, sauerkraut and onions just okay.
My husband loved this! He always requests pork chops with sauerkraut which I find boring. The addition of the apples and sweet potatoes made the dish exceptional. I had the pork chops thawed and started searching for recipes too late to cook in the crockpot so cooked the potatoes in a microwave dish for 8 minutes. I combined the sauerkraut, apples and rest of the ingredients, then added on top of the potatoes. I seasoned the pork chops and placed them on top. I popped the covered casserole into the toaster oven out on the patio to avoid heating up my house on the 98 degree afternoon. An hour later we enjoyed the fabulous dish. Thanks
I did not like this recipe at all. I thought the pork chops were rather dry,I didn't like the saurkraut and the apples and last but not least the sweet potatoes were mediocre.
The sauerkraut just took over everything else.
the sweet potatoes were un cooked after more than 5 hrs the seasoning was not what not very good
An amazing meal!
Very good recipe--my sisters loved it too. Will definitely make again.
Thank you very much for your recipe, my family and I really liked it and I will gladly make it again.
Mom and my brother really liked this dish. The flavor of the potatoes and apples is great.I used frozen sweet potato fries. Made making this dish very easy. The chops were a little bit dry. Not sure what to do about that. I will definitely make it again.
Wow it was just great
Not enough flavor for my family
THIS RECIPE WAS ABSOLUTLY WONDERFUL. MY WHOLE FAMILY LOVE IT. THE BLEND OF THE APPLES,SWEET POTATOES AND ONIONS MADE THE ROAST PORK VERY NICE.
The sweet potatoes and apples were good but the pork turned out kind of dry. It was only in the slow cooker for 5.5 hours. I added the white wine and thyme, as was suggested in previous posts and it was a good addition!
Made the recipe without saukeraut because my husband doesn't like it and it was still delicious. I added 1/2 cup of white wine like someone suggested and made it juicy.
Delicious. I added 1/2 cup of white wine, 2 lg cloves of garlic smashed, omitted the nutmeg which I absolutely DO NOT like, added 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and a sprig of fresh thyme. This dish is true comfort food.
What a waste of pork loin. Why use pork loin at $2.99/lb when it would be better using pork shoulder at $0.99/lb?
Sweet potatoes needed longer to cook. Was not a fan of the taste....
it was ok but won't make often
I liked the flavor of the sauerkraut, sweet potatoes, apples, and onion. However, the chops were a bit dry. This was surprising to me because crockpot meat is usually pretty moist. Does anybody have any thoughts about how to make the chops juicier? They were fork tender, just a bit dry.
The sauerkraut didn’t sweeten up, and this had a slightly sour/tangy flavor that I didn’t find appealing or appetizing. My family agree that the chops were tender but 4 out of 5 of us didn’t care for the recipe. I won’t make it again.
This was a great recipe that I would have used for pork chops but decided to use with a ham instead. I cut a spiral ham off the bone (put the bone in freezer to use for a seasoning later) and put on top of the sweet potatoes, onions and apples. Put sauerkraut on top and then poured some (2 cups or so) chicken broth on top. Cooked for 10 hours while I was at work and it was perfect! My paleo-only daughter loved it, too!