Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Luck in the New Year

The Dutch and German in Pennsylvania eat Pork and Sauerkraut every New Year’s Day. It is a tradition that is supposed to bring luck to the new year. The Polish serve sauerkraut on New Year’s Day, it symbolizes money & wealth.

I am German and Polish. I don’t live in Pennsylvania and it isn’t New Year’s Day but i need some luck and money in my life so lets do it.

There are many versions of this dish: different cuts of pork- shoulder, ribs, loin, seasonings like toasted caraway seeds, paprika, added ingredients like apple, hot dogs, bratwurst, onions.

I used a more basic approach.

•3 lb Pork Loin Top Roast
•1 lb Polish Kielbasa
•4 lb sauerkraut
•salt, pepper, thyme
•2 tbl olive oil

Start off by rubbing the entire pork loin with salt, pepper, and thyme, olive oil. Then brown it on all sides.

Prepare slow cooker by placing 2 lbs of sauerkraut on the bottom, cut kielbasa in 3 inch sections and arrange around sides of cooker.

Put the browned Pork in the center and top it with remaining 2 lb sauerkraut. Cook on LOW setting for 8-10 hours.

After finishing meal, Luck and Money will soon follow!

Serve with a chilled German, Dutch, Polish, or any bottle of Beer.

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