In the Cleaver compound, we are having a pork roast with sauerkraut (since I am of German descent; The Mister had no traditional food to eat on this special day, poor man). Now that we're married, he gets to live in a house that reeks of sauerkraut for at at least the first three days of the year!
Why pork and sauerkraut? The pork symbolizes progress - apparently, a pig only walks forward, and never goes backward. The sauerkraut, actually the cabbage from which it is made, is green, and the leaves look like folded money. It signifies economic fortune (and all of us could use some of that this year).
My dad used to roast the pork in the oven and add the sauerkraut after the pork was about half done. The Mister, however, does not care
Here's what I found on Recipezaar.com, one of my go-to sites for recipes.
Crock Pot Country Ribs with Apples and Sauerkraut
1 16 oz. can of sauerkraut, undrained. HOLD THE PHONES! Canned sauerkraut tastes like the can. I use one bag of sauerkraut, usually found near the pork roast in the supermarket. It tastes so much better.
1 8 oz can of sliced mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 large, or 2 medium apples, cored and cut into wedges
1/4 C brown sugar
The apples and brown sugar help to sweeten the kraut, if you're into that. I skip the celery seed - The Mister has a pathological aversion to all things celery.
Brown the ribs in a skillet over medium heat.
- Season pork with salt and pepper.
- Put browned pork into crock pot.
- Layer sauerkraut, onions, mushrooms, apple wedges and brown sugar over the ribs.
- Sprinkle with celery seed.
- Cover and cook on low 7 to 9 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours until meat is tender. If using a pork roast, I'd cook it on high for at least six hours.
This is a good meal when served with mashed potatoes. When I used to babysit, my dad would show up at midnight and hand me my plate of pork, sauerkraut and mashed.
Happy New Year! I'm so glad THIS isn't a traditional New Year food in our home. Forget just New Year's Day, it's yucky every day! It just sounds nasty!