Monday, January 19, 2015

Pork Chops with Creamy Sauerkraut and Potatoes

"We're having what for dinner? Is that a thing people eat?" This was my husbands reaction to my dinner plans for the evening. I have to admit, sauerkraut and creamy things creates a combination you don't hear of often, but it is really, really good. Just trust me. 

I learned this a few years ago at a little deli in Loveland, Colorado. They had a sandwich called the "Blue Max" The menu listed ingredients including blue cheese dressing and sauerkraut. In my mind that would create the same flavors as a gym sock. But it was one of the top rated items they had so I figured it had to be alright. It was better than alright, it was marvelous!

My husband was leery, but even he had to admit this is a fabulous dish. The sauerkraut brings a tangy flavor to the dish that is nicely balanced out by the sour cream. The potatoes soak up so much flavor from being cooked in the same pan as the pork. I am telling you, this meal is out of this world. Not to mention, it all cooks in the same pan.

4 pork chops
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 potatoes, microwaved for about 4 minutes
3 cups Bavarian style sauerkraut
1 cup sour cream

First, season the pork chops while you heat up the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the pork chops on outside just until it gets a nice crust. 

Once the pork has been browned on each side, take it out of the pan and let the chops sit off to the side. The meat will not be done, but it will finish cooking later. 

After the potatoes have microwaved for a few minutes, cut them up into bite sized chunks. Season these well and throw them into the pan while keeping the heat at medium.

Brown the potatoes until they are mostly soft in the center. You may need to add a little more oil to the pan after a bit of cooking time.

Once the potatoes are done, or close to done, add in the sauerkraut and mix well. 

Add the pork chops back into the pan and cover with a lid. Let this cook for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the pork is cooked all the way through. If you are using thinner pork chops, you can skip this step and just let the potatoes and sauerkraut simmer for a bit. 

After the potatoes, pork and sauerkraut cook together for a bit, turn off the heat and plate the pork chops. Add in the sour cream and serve right away.

You will love this dish! It sounds a little odd, but it is truly divine.

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