Kasseler chops with sauerkraut, a traditional Oktoberfest recipe, is delicious all year long. Easy to make, these smoked pork chops were one of my Mutti's favorites. And now, they're one of mine as well, when I can get them. Kasseler was expensive at our German deli in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, so it was only for very special days that Mutti would get this.
Because it always was tender, kasseler was and still is an easy German meal for company.
Kasseler is a salted and slightly smoked cut of pork, that is known predominantly in Germany. The origins of the name is unknown.
Kasseler isn't always available at our deli.
So, for everyday meals, or when it's not on sale, I'll use the alternative recipe for Smoked Pork Chops I learned from my friend, Heidi.
She uses a pea-meal bacon roast (cured boneless pork loin) instead. It tastes similar, so it's become one of the many German-style dinner recipes that we enjoy. My hubby even says he likes it better!
But for special, it's this recipe for Kasseler with Sauerkraut above.
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Kasseler with Sauerkraut