Sauerkraut and Pork Chops Recipe
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Sauerkraut and Pork Chops Recipe

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I make this hearty dish often for guests. I think the sauerkraut tastes very much like what we enjoyed in Munich restaurants when we visited Germany.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 cups sauerkraut, well drained
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 pork chops (1 inch thick and 7 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 378 calories, 19 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 96 mg cholesterol, 1008 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 35 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the sauerkraut, applesauce, broth, bacon, brown sugar and seasonings; spoon into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  2. In a large skillet, brown pork chops in oil; drain. Place chops over the sauerkraut mixture. Sprinkle with paprika. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pork Chops and Sauerkraut in Country October/November 1998, p51

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"SKIP the oregano in this dish. The spices in this recipe do not work well with the rest of the ingredients! Yuck. Never making again."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"Oh my gosh! This recipe is so fantastic I would give it 6 stars if I could. I have NEVER written a review about any recipe before. Honestly, I don't care for pork chops so much because they never turn out very good. My husband HATES sauerkraut. The pork chops turned out so tasty and my husband ate a second helping of the sauerkraut. He couldn't believe how good it was. Thank you for the recipe and changing my husband's opinion about sauerkraut. I will DEFINITELY be making this again. Probably for New Years Eve. :)"

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"I personally just do not care for kraut that has been sweetened too much. For this recipe, I reduced the applesauce in half and took out the brown sugar. I C. of applesauce was plenty to take away the "sauer" from the kraut! I also added some white wine. To make it more like a Choucrout Garni dish, I used half regular chops, half smoked chops, and even threw in a few hot dogs if I had them on hand."

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"This is a keeper! Yum!"

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"This was great. My husband loved the Sauerkraut/Apple sauce combination. My only suggestion would be to check the pork at 45 minutes as mine was a bit dry after an hour. We will be making this again."

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