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Baked Pork Chop Recipe with Sauerkraut

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This baked pork chop recipe is an easy dinner of pork chops and sauerkraut. There are several methods for baked pork chops, aka Gebackene Schweinekotelett. This one is similar to a braised pork chop. The chops are baked on a bed of sauerkraut, so the meat doesn't dry out.

Adding both caramelized onion rings and apples are scrumptious additions to this traditional German meal.

Baked Pork Chop Recipe with Sauerkraut

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 4 pork chops, 1 inch thick
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 - 2 apples, peeled and coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 28 oz canned sauerkraut, drained
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar (optional)
  • ½ tsp dry mustard (optional)
  • ½ - 1 tsp caraway seeds (optional)
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions:
  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. 
  • Meanwhile, put diced bacon into a cold saucepan. Bring heat up to high and cook bacon till is nicely browned and fat has been rendered out. Remove browned bacon to a large bowl.
  • Brown pork chops in bacon fat in saucepan. Add oil if needed. Remove once browned.
  • Add onions to saucepan and cook until nicely caramelized. Remove the onions to a separate bowl.
  • Add the chopped apples to the saucepan and briefly cook.
  • Add the drained sauerkraut to the bacon bits in the bowl. Add the apples and the remaining ingredients. Mix well. Put into a casserole dish.
  • Place the browned pork chops on top of the sauerkraut mixture.
  • Divide caramelized onions on top of the chops.
  • Cover and bake for about 45 minutes. Remove cover and continue baking for 15 minutes.
  • Serves 4.

Tips on making this ...

You can use any cut of pork chops, with or without bones.  If you wish you can trim away any excess fat from the chops. Doing so will help reduce the caloric value of this meal.

Serve the baked chops and sauerkraut together with boiled potatoes and some German mustard on the side. It's a family-pleaser and you'll find yourself making it often because it's so delicious and so easy.

This is also a great dish to enjoy having if you're celebrating Oktoberfest

Do try this using various combinations of the optional ingredients. Or, just make it without any of them. Each is a delicious variation.

Don't have time to do any of the browning?

Just layer the sauerkraut in the casserole dish. Put the un-browned chops of top. Cover and bake. 

But, if you really want amazing flavor, then take the time to brown the pork chops, the onions, the bacon, the apples. Each adds a depth of flavor!

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