Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year's Day Good Luck Dinner

Yesterday was the start of the new year and we followed the Dutch-German tradition of having a dinner of sauerkraut, pork and apple sauce. This meal is said to ensure good luck! I had the good fortune of cooking with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law! I also had fun making apple pie with my nephew (5yo) and niece (almost 3 yo)! They made little apple turnovers that we enjoyed with lunch. We all had lots of fun! I apologize for the lack of pictures, but in the flurry of getting the meal on the table, I missed my opportunity! The meal took a little prep and lots of cooking time. I use silver floss sauerkraut packed in glass jars. You can usually find it in the cold deli case near the dill pickles.

Roast Pork Loin
Hot Dogs
Mashed Potatoes
Apple Sauce
Apple Pie

Roast pork with Sauerkraut:
(Serves 12)

4-5 lb pork loin
5 lbs sauerkraut floss
3-4 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp caraway seeds
1 beer
4-5 cups water

Preheat oven to 325*. Drain and rinse sauerkraut. Place the sauerkraut into a deep roasting pan. Add the caraway seeds, brown sugar, beer and water. Mix all ingredients with a fork. Make a nest in the middle of the pan and place the pork loin fat side up in the well you made. Cover the loin as pictured below. Tent the pan with a piece of foil to prevent browning of the sauerkraut. Baste the roast with the pan liquid every hour or so. After 3 hours, the roast should be approximately 170*. Let roast rest on a cutting board with the foil covering it for 30 minutes. During that time, place hot dogs in the sauerkraut and allow to cook.

(Serves 10)

6-8 medium McIntosh Apples
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Core and slice the apples keeping the skins on. Place apples and water in a covered pan over high heat. Allow the apples to cook down about 45 minutes. Mash the apples and add the sugar and cinnamon. Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes. Cool and chill for at least an hour then enjoy!

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