Choucroute Garnie

Choucroute Garnie 150 Author: Canadian Living Credits: Choucroute Garnie 150

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

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 onion sliced
  • 12 oz slab smoked bacon
  • 1 carrot peeled and halved
  • 2 cups riesling wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 8 juniper berry
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 2 clove
  • 2 garlic clove
  • 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 wiener
  • 3 potato 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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