Perfectly roasted pork roast, sitting on a bed of Frank’s Kraut. Pork Roast & Sauerkraut, bringing the family together for decades. Some even say that eating Pork & Kraut on New Year’s Day will bring you good luck. Who couldn’t use a little good luck?
Pork Roast & Sauerkraut
Pork and Kraut is not only the perfect gather your family around the table, Sunday supper kind of meal, it’s also been said to be good luck to enjoy it on New Year’s Day.
It’s pure comfort, make your tummy smile food. Plus it’s so delicious, I just wish that you could smell it!
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National Family Week
National Family Week is the week of November 19-25, and Frank’s Kraut asked me to prepare a meal that would gather the family together. I think this gets the job done, don’t you?
National Family Week originated in Canada in 1985 and is celebrated the week before Thanksgiving. National Family Week in the United States takes place the week of Thanksgiving. It was first proclaimed by Ronald Reagan on November 19, 1987.
Thanksgiving can get chaotic, so maybe a new tradition would be to have a quiet meal at home with the family before the craziness of the holiday starts? Gather them around a hot meal, time to connect and enjoy one another.
Where did the tradition of eating Pork & Sauerkraut on New Year’s Day originate?
Germans have always believed that eating pork and kraut on New Year’s eve at midnight (New Year’s Day) brings wealth and luck all year long. When they came to the U.S. and took up residence in the Midwest, mainly in Ohio and Pennsylvania, in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Pork & Sauerkraut Tradition continued.
They claimed that the pig is a symbol of good luck and perfect for looking toward the new year with a positive mind. Makes sense as the pig looks forward as it roots for food, where say, chickens and turkeys scratch backward. So eating chicken or turkey was claimed to be a bad idea.
The wealth comes from the sauerkraut as their wish for one another was that they would “receive as much wealth as there were shreds of cabbage in the batch of sauerkraut.”
Sauerkraut wishing you Well Being
So sauerkraut not only is here to bestow wealth but well being, too. The magic that kraut works on your gut and digestive system is nothing short of amazing. There is a reason that kraut is a true superfood. Who wouldn’t want to move forward into the New Year with good digestion, and a boosted immune system?
Too many cocktails and heavy food on new years eve?
You will receive a digestive boost from this live food, that helps to cultivate your inner biome and keep all of that good bacteria behaving. Fast-absorbing vitamins and minerals will flood your system and help to relieve anything yucky that you may have put in it the night before.
Ingredients You’ll need to make Pork and Sauerkraut in the Oven:
- Boneless Pork Roast
- Frank’s Kraut
- Salt & Pepper
- Olive oil
- Sweet Onion
- Brown Sugar
Doesn’t get much simpler than that, does it?
How to make An Affair from the Heart’s Pork Roast and Sauerkraut Recipe
The key to getting this roast super moist on the inside? Searing it before you begin the roasting process. Sprinkle the roast generously with salt and pepper, rub it in, and brown the roast in your dutch oven in hot olive oil on all sides.
After the roast is seared and nice and golden brown, remove it and clean out the bottom of the pan. Add sauerkraut, sprinkle with brown sugar, place the roast on top, and sprinkle the celery and onion around it. Cover the pan. Bake.
*Find the complete printable recipe at the bottom of this post
Perfectly done, every single time. The flavor is AMAZING.
Tip: Sometimes I add sliced apples to this recipe – it sweetens it up, and it is another yummy way to enjoy it! Simply slice an apple, or cut it into chunks, with or without the skin is fine, just remove the core and seeds, of course.
What is the BEST Sauerkraut?
Frank’s Kraut is the BEST sauerkraut! How do I know this? Well, with my German and Polish descent, you can say we ate a lot of sauerkraut. (understatement of the year) Frank’s Kraut was the only one my Mother and my Grandmother ever used. You will find it in all sorts of our family recipes!
One of my favorites? Smoked Polish Sausage & Sauerkraut just like my Grandma Czaplewski made it. We enjoy it for Easter dinner every year!
Everything you always wanted to know about Kraut! Where it comes from, how it’s made, and tons of Sauerkraut recipes in this Ultimate Guide to Sauerkraut.
I hope this one gathers your family around the table. Cherish those moments. Family is forever.
I hope that you and your family enjoy this Pork Roast and Sauerkraut recipe, and as German tradition says, may Vie Glück (Good Luck) and wealth be yours in the New Year!
- 3 pound Boneless Pork Roast
- 1 (2 pound) package Frank's Kraut
- Salt & Pepper
- Olive oil
- 4 stalks celery, chunked
- 1 medium sweet onion, cut in chunks
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1004Total Fat: 73gSaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 38gCholesterol: 248mgSodium: 875mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 62g
Nutrition isn't always accurate.