Pork Loin & Sauerkraut

Happy New Year! This delicious combination of pork, sauerkraut, shallots, apples and potatoes hits the mark of several taste sensations – sweet, sour, salty and savory. It’s also believed to bring good luck!
I fixed this on New Year’s Day this year because many cultures believe that this dish brings good luck and fortune because pigs root around with their snouts in a forward motion and we want to move forward, not backward in the new year. Pork is also rich in fat, promising prosperity. The long strands of sauerkraut represent a long life to be lived, and the green color of cabbage that sauerkraut is made from symbolizes cash money. Count me in!

Servings – 3-4

Cook / Prep time – about 3 1/2 hours

  • 1 1/2 lbs bone in pork loin (may use boneless)
  • 1 – 32 oz bag refrigerated sauerkraut
  • 2 Fuji apples
  • 1/2 lb small red potatoes
  • 3 shallots
  • 1/2 bottle Riesling ( or apple cider)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

Score the fat cap on the pork loin. Season with salt and pepper and sear on all sides. Rinse the sauerkraut in a colander and place it in a Dutch oven. When the pork loin is seared, place it in the middle of the sauerkraut. Add the half bottle of Riesling or cider and drink the rest.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Dice the shallots and add around the sauerkraut. Sprinkle the brown sugar around the sauerkraut. Peel and dice the apples and add around the pork loin.

Sprinkle with the smoked paprika. Cover and place in the oven for 3 hours or until pork loin is 160 degrees. Rest pork loin for 15 minutes before slicing. Thats it!


Side note – I won 10 dollars on a scratch off lottery last week. Coincidence? I think not!

Suggested songs to listen to while preparing the pork loin….

“ Luck Man” by Emerson, Lake & Palmer from their album “ Emerson, Lake & Palmer” released in 1970.

“You Got Lucky” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from their 1982 album “Long After Dark”

“With a Little Luck” by Paul McCartney from his 1987 album “All the Best”

“Luck Be a Lady” by Frank Sinatra from his 1965 album “Sinatra ‘65: The Singer Today”

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Husband, Father, Grandfather, foodie. I have worked in various capacities of food service for 50 years. Baker, cook, manager, restaurant owner, personal chef and food sales / consulting. Recently retired. I love to cook and photograph food. My other hobbies include organic gardening, fishing, bicycling, reading, music and golf.