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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!

This peameal bacon recipe, that tastes like Kasseler, is cooked in your slow cooker together with sauerkraut for a real German meal. SO DELICIOUS and so easy.

This is so easy to make. It's simply putting that peameal roast (after I wash off the cornmeal that's surrounding it) into my slow cooker. I add a jar or two of sauerkraut. Turn on and forget it until supper time. Then, it's just a matter of thickening the liquid with a cornstarch slurry. 

Served together with some boiled or mashed potatoes, this is comfort food that hubby and I really enjoy. Add a bit of German mustard on the side, if you wish. Yum!

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!)

Use Slow Cooker for German Foods?

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

However, slow cookers are not that common in Germany. It's the one kitchen appliance my Mutti came to love after we immigrated to Canada. In fact, it's one she used all the time.

She converted her famous Sauerbraten recipe for the slow cooker. And, following her lead, I converted a roast beef recipe that tastes like Rouladen, by using the slow cooker as well. 

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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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Oma's Peameal Bacon Recipe tastes like Kasseler!

This peameal bacon recipe, that tastes like Kasseler, is cooked in your slow cooker together with sauerkraut for a real German meal. SO DELICIOUS and so easy.

Prep Time

10 minutes

Slow Cook Time

8 hours

Total Time

8.1 hours 

Servings:

Makes 6 - 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3½ to 4 pounds Canadian peameal bacon roast
  • 2 cans (28-ounce each) sauerkraut, drained
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions:

  1. If the roast is covered with cornmeal, then wash that off. Empty one can of sauerkraut into slow cooker. Place meat on top.
  2. Cover with second can of sauerkraut.
  3. Cover and cook on low about 8 hours.
  4. Carefully remove meat and scoop out sauerkraut. Keep both warm.
  5. Pour slow cooker juices into saucepan and bring to simmer.
  6. Mix corn starch in a little cold water. Slowly add just enough corn starch slurry to the simmering slow cooker juices until sauce is thickened.
  7. Pour sauce over sauerkraut and mix.
  8. Serve slices of meat and sauerkraut with boiled or mashed potatoes.

Notes/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 the slow cooker is also a nice addition.
  • Adjust quantities to slow cooker size and number of servings needed. Leftovers can be reheated in microwave.

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Oma's Peameal Bacon Recipe tastes like Kasseler!


This peameal bacon recipe, that tastes like Kasseler, is cooked in your slow cooker together with sauerkraut for a real German meal. SO DELICIOUS and so easy.


Ingredients: peameal bacon roast, sauerkraut, cornstarch,

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