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Choucroute Garnie 150 Image by: Choucroute Garnie 150 Author: Canadian Living

This French casserole is based on pork, sausages, sauerkraut and often potatoes. There are as many variations as stars in the sky, but the key is to find a butcher with beautiful charcuterie (such as bacon, sausages, smoked meats and wieners) and make the dish your own.

  • Portion size 10 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: October 2008

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 onions sliced
  • 12 oz slab smoked bacon
  • 1 carrots peeled and halved
  • 2 cups riesling wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 8 juniper berries
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 lbs smoked pork shoulder (or 3 lb/1.5 kg smoked ham hocks)
  • 3 pork sausages (such as Strasbourg, bratwurst, frankfurter, knockwurst and blutwurst)
  • 6 cups sauerkraut rinsed, drained and squeezed dry
  • 3 wieners
  • 3 potatoes peeled and halved

Method

In large Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat; cook onions, stirring, until golden, about 10 minutes.

Cut bacon into 6 same-size chunks; add to pan and cook until browned and fat is released, about 6 minutes.

Add carrot, wine, 1/2 cup (125 mL) water, bay leaf and caraway seeds.

In cheesecloth square, tie together juniper berries, peppercorns and cloves; add to pot. Stir in garlic. Add pork shoulder and sausages; cover with sauerkraut. Cover and cook until warmed.

Transfer to 325°F (160°C) oven. Cook, turning pork over halfway through and re-covering with sauerkraut, until pork is tender, 2-1/2 to 3 hours.

Add wieners; warm through, about 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf and spice bag. Transfer pork, sausages and wieners to cutting board; cut into portions.

Meanwhile, in pot of boiling salted water, cook potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes; drain.

Heap sauerkraut onto large platter; surround with vegetables and meat.

Nutritional facts Per each of 10 servings: about

  • Sodium 1930 mg
  • Protein 27 g
  • Calories 628.0
  • Total fat 44 g
  • Cholesterol 126 mg
  • Saturated fat 20 g
  • Total carbohydrate 33 g

%RDI

  • Iron 30.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 23.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 8.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 20.0
  • Vitamin C 43.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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