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Friday, December 3, 2021

Granny Dorr's Easy Fruited Sauerkraut

Calling all sauerkraut lovers! I know you are out there, and you will love Granny Dorr's Easy Fruited Sauerkraut! Perfect with a pork roast for dinner with the family! 


I love sharing this delicious side dish that my children's great-grandmother used to make. Granny Dorr's Easy Fruited Sauerkraut is made with simple ingredients and is quite versatile. You can simmer it on the stovetop, or make a quicker version in your pressure cooker (I used my stovetop model, for this recipe). Or you can bake it in the oven with pork or chicken, as needed for cooking the meat, for a meal the whole family will love. 

I must warn you, most sauerkraut dishes do not win beauty contests in the food world. But like many foods of dubious beauty, Granny Dorr's Easy Fruited Sauerkraut is delicious!

Granted I took a bit of liberty with this dish because Granny never made it any other way, than with her famous Oven-baked Country Style Spareribs. They were always tender and delicious, and I must say, I looked forward to enjoying them as often as they were served! While we don't often serve country-style spare ribs...we do serve Granny Dorr's Easy Fruited Sauerkraut with pork roast!


My favorite way to cook a pork roast is in the slow cooker. More and more I turn to a slow cooker when there are other chores to get done. When I serve a pork roast with Granny Dorr's Easy Fruited Sauerkraut, I season the roast simply to complement the delicious fruited kraut. Usually just some garlic salt and fresh ground pepper. But feel free to add chopped onions and a bay leaf or two. 

Now for the kraut! Using a pressure cooker, this sauerkraut dish will cook happily on its own for 30 minutes, while you get potatoes peeled, cooked, and mashed to go along with the pork gravy.  When the cooking time for Granny Dorr's Easy Fruited Sauerkraut is done, let it sit for a natural pressure release. Once you open the pan, you may boil off any extra juices if you wish. Or serve as it.


Some thoughts on this recipe:

It is easy to bake in the oven with no special recipe needed. Top the kraut with any chicken or pork cut of your choice and bake as needed for the meat used. The kraut is simply along for the ride.

If you would like to serve with baked ham, place the kraut into a baking dish and add to the oven the last hour or hour and 30 minutes before the ham is done.


Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • sauerkraut
  • orange juice
  • apples 
  • fresh ground pepper
  • onion
You will also need the following:
  • colander
  • pressure cooker, stovetop, or electric
  • kitchen knife
  • cutting board
Now we are ready to begin!


Easy Fruited Sauerkraut, delicious with Pork or Chicken. 

Granny Dorr's Easy Fruited Sauerkraut
In memory of Granny Dorr
by the seat of my pants!

1-quart of sauerkraut, I used some of our homemade sauerkraut
2 small or 1 large apple, chopped
1 1/2 c orange juice
1/2 c chopped onion

Using a colander, drain the sauerkraut well, rinse under running water, using your hands to turn the kraut over multiple times, letting the running water wash away excess salt. 
Or 
Drain the sauerkraut in a colander, then place the colander into a larger bowl and fill the bowl with fresh cold water, use your hands to mix the kraut with the water to dislodge the salt, drain well, before using. 

Chop the apples, no need to peel. 

For your stovetop model: Place all ingredients into the pressure cooker, bring to a boil, attach lid and pressure gauge. Turn the heat down to medium or as needed for a "giggle" out of your gauge. Let cook for 30 minutes. Let rest NPR for 20-30 minutes.  Remove lid, place pressure cooker pan over a medium-high burner, and simmer/boil off the excess juices. Use a slotted spoon for serving. 

For your electric model: Place all ingredients into the pressure cooker, attach the lid and close the vent. Set cooking time for 30 minutes. Let rest NPR for 20-30 minutes. Open cooker, serve using a slotted spoon. 

Storage options for Granny Dorr's Easy Fruited Sauerkraut. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week. I do not recommend freezing this dish. 


UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Granny Dorr's Easy Fruited Sauerkraut has been included below. 

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Granny Dorr's Easy Fruited Sauerkraut
by the seat of my pants!

1-quart of sauerkraut, I used the remainder of our last batch of homemade kraut
2 small or 1 large apple, chopped
1 1/2 c orange juice
1 t onion powder or 1/2 c chopped fresh

Using a colander, drain the sauerkraut well, rinse under running water, using your hands to turn the kraut over multiple times, letting the running water wash away excess salt. 
Or 
Drain the sauerkraut in a colander, then place the colander into a larger bowl and fill the bowl with fresh cold water, use your hands to mix the kraut with the water to dislodge the salt, drain well, before using. 

For your stovetop model: Place all ingredients into the pressure cooker, bring to a boil, attach lid and pressure gauge. Turn the heat down to medium or as needed for a "giggle" out of your gauge. Let cook for 30 minutes. Let rest NPR for 20-30 minutes.  Remove lid, place pressure cooker pan over a medium-high burner, and simmer/boil off the excess juices. Use a slotted spoon for serving. 

For your electric model: Place all ingredients into the pressure cooker, attach the lid and close the vent. Set cooking time for 30 minutes. Let rest NPR for 20-30 minutes. Open cooker, serve using a slotted spoon. 

Storage options for Granny Dorr's Easy Fruited Sauerkraut. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week. I do not recommend freezing this dish. 

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  1. My husband loves all kinds of sauerkraut. I'll have to put this on my list.

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    1. Sauerkraut is just one of those foods, you love it or you don't! This goes especially well with pork.

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  2. As you know, Melynda, I love vintage recipes! Granny Dorr's Fruited Sauerkraut is perfect for this time of year as well. I'm curious, how long do you bake it for? (I hope I didn't miss the directions, I only saw the slow cooker bit.) Thank you for sharing your recipe and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. I’m featuring Granny Dorr's Fruited Sauerkraut at the January edition of Hearth and Soul which goes live on Sunday (9th January) this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Take care and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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    1. April, thanks for stopping by! I did go back and made a small change to indicate the baking time when cooking with pork chops or country style ribs would be the same time needed to cook the meat. Thanks for featuring this recipe at Hearth and Soul!

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