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Heidi's Peameal Bacon ~ tastes like Kasseler

Leftover peameal bacon roast served with mustard sauce, kale, and potatoes. So good!Leftover peameal bacon roast served with mustard sauce, kale, and potatoes. So good!
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Heidi's peameal bacon recipe is one way I satisfied my desire for German "Kasseler" (or "Kassler"). Kasseler was always a special treat as I was growing up. Mutti didn't make it often. We lived in northern Ontario and the closest German deli seldom had this delicacy. When it was available, it was very, very expensive. It was saved for a company dinner. One we all enjoyed! (One reason we kids loved having company because it meant those special German meals would be had .... kasseler or rouladen!)

This is Heidi's secret recipe for making an alternative to Kassler -- so easy and so delicious! Using a Canadian peameal bacon roast produces a very similar result, at a much, much lower cost! I use my new Cuisinart multi-cooker slow cooker (crockpot) for this. Check my Kassler adventure below!

I love using my new Cuisinart Slow Cooker!    (I gave away my old one!)

Not only is it a slow cooker, but it's a Multicooker!

That means it can be used to quickly brown or sauté the meat  (up to 400 °F) before setting it to slow cook (at various temps) ...

and there's a 'steam' option as well!

With a 24-hour timer and an automatic Keep Warm feature, I LOVE this!

Heidi's Peameal Bacon using slow cooker 

Ingredients:

  • 3½ to 4 lb Canadian peameal bacon roast
  • 2 cans (28 fl oz each) sauerkraut, drained
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp corn starch
Instructions:
  • Empty one can of sauerkraut into slow cooker. Place meat on top.
  • Cover with second can of sauerkraut.
  • Cover and cook on low about 8 hours.
  • Carefully remove meat and scoop out sauerkraut. Keep both warm.
  • Pour slow cooker juices into pan and bring to simmer.
  • Mix corn starch in a little cold water. Slowly add just enough corn starch mixture to the simmering slow cooker juices until sauce is thickened.
  • Pour sauce over sauerkraut and mix.
  • Serve slices of meat and sauerkraut with boiled or mashed potatoes.
  • Serves 6 - 8.
Hints:
  • Another name for Canadian Peameal Bacon is Cured Boneless Pork Loin. If it is rolled in cornmeal, leave it on or wash it off - both ways taste good.
  • Cut up some peeled apples and put them under meat in the slow cooker for extra flavor.
  • Adding some browned onion slices to slow cooker is also a nice addition.
  • Adjust quantities to slow cooker size and number of servings needed. Leftovers can be reheated in microwave.

My Kasseler Adventure ...

I carried my Mutti's tradition over into my own family. That meant, we rarely ever had Kasseler! Rarely, because it's expensive. I kept it as a real treat, and then, only when it was on sale.

Imagine my surprise when I dropped in on my friend, Heidi, and she invited me to join them for supper. They were having Kasseler! It was the middle of the week!

Heidi shared her secret. Instead of spending a fortune at the deli, she uses Canadian Peameal Bacon and a slow cooker. It really tastes like traditional German Smoked Pork Chops or Kassler (my husband said it tastes better!)

German Meat Recipes: Peameal Bacon ... Kassler alternative!

Slow Cooker for German Foods?

Here's the sauerkraut served together with the peameal bacon. 

Above, I've used the leftovers, reheated in the microwave (with a bit of butter on top to keep the slices moist) and served along side some mustard sauce and kale.

Even though this is to be a site of QUICK German recipes, using the slow cooker really does fit.

The preparation is quick. In the morning, once it's all in the pot, just turn it on and walk away. Go to work, go shopping, or just go and do what you want.

Come back at night, dinner's ready with very little else to do. My kind of cooking!


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Canadian Peameal Bacon served with German mustard sauce, kale, and boiled potatoes

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