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German Pork Chops

I was a high school student when I received this recipe from my friend’s mom, who is German. She often made these chops for us after church on Sunday. Forty years later, I still love them. —Roberta Byers, Chaffee, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 6 bone-in pork loin chops (1 inch thick and 8 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 5 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown pork chops in butter on both sides. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  • In a bowl, combine the sauerkraut, applesauce, onion, garlic, brown sugar, caraway seeds and cinnamon. Spoon over chops.
  • Cover and bake at 375° for 45-50 minutes or until meat juices run clear.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 451 calories, 24g fat (11g saturated fat), 126mg cholesterol, 558mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 3g fiber), 37g protein.

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  • sugarcrystal
    Sep 24, 2016

    I grew up in a family of German heritage, so this reminded me a lot of dishes my grandma made. I love sauerkraut, & we often paired it with apples & brown sugar to cut the acidity. I thought this was wonderful!

  • garnish101
    Jan 24, 2015

    It's apparent that there are some liars in the reviews below. Not only was this recipe GROSS, it made my kid sick! Now, all I hear is my kid complain about their stomach hurting. Personally, I didn't like them either. They tasted like how cat food smells. And for "AmishCookingGuy69" to belittle "17sebenedict" for being in high school is very pathetic and immature. You don't need to be "experienced" to rate how something tastes!

  • indianajane627
    Jan 24, 2015

    I found the recipe, discusting also.Apple and cinnamon are great, not on pork chops, with sauerkraut and garlic??? This is sh*t in a pan!If you're running out of things to put in a pan..... Sh*t in it, it will taste better.Waste of time and sow.

  • AmishCookingGuy69
    Jan 17, 2015

    Completely ignore 17sebenedict review of this recipe. I'm obviously not going to take any cooking advice/critique from an inexperienced high school kid. I just made these pork chops for tonight's dinner. They were delicious, well flavoured, and no-fuss. I added a Tbsp of ground mustard and increased the onion to a whole large one. That really made these chops outstanding! One note, always use sauerkraut from a glass jar or plastic bag. Never from a can. It affects their flavor. Try these German Pork Chops. There GREAT!!

  • 17sebenedict
    Jan 9, 2015

    I found this recipe to be overpoweringly sweet and disgusting. I'll never eat it again.

  • dancingfool
    Dec 17, 2014

    Easy and delicious!