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Traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Lucky New Year's Day Pork and Sauerkraut Recipe

Updated on June 20, 2013
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Wir Haben Viel Gluck - We Have Good Luck

One of the Pennsylvania Dutch (actually PA Deutsch - Deutsch meaning German) traditions my family follows is eating pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day for good luck in the upcoming year. Some years it works and others...well I guess every year can't be lucky. According to German tradition eating pork will prevent evil and promote prosperity in the New Year. Piggy banks are also given to children on this day to encourage kids to save.

The pig is associated with luck for several reasons.

-The pig uses his snout to dig in a forward motion signifying progress. Chickens and turkeys scratch backwards.

-Pigs are associated with plumpness and getting plenty to eat

-New Year is a time to look forward and a hog can't look backward without turning completely around.

We love this meal so much we eat it all year long. This is a great recipe to eat anytime.

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Ingredients

  • 3-5 pound Picnic Cut Pork
  • 32 oz (2 lb) Bagged Sauerkraut
  • 2 Cans Pineapple Juice (6oz cans)
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • 5 pounds Potatoes
  • Milk
  • Ground pepper
  • Garlic Salt
  1. Preheat oven to 225°
  2. Put pork in baking dish. Cut strings off the meat.
  3. Butter the top portion of meat. Cover with brown sugar. Turn pork. Butter bottom portion of meat then cover with brown sugar. No need to turn meat again. (See picture)
  4. Pour sauerkraut over meat.
  5. Pour pineapple juice over meat and sauerkraut.
  6. Bake 4-5 hours.
  7. Pork and sauerkraut is to be served over mashed potatoes. I make mashed potatoes to taste. Peel and boil 5 pounds of potatoes until soft. Put potatoes in a bowl and mash with milk, butter, ground pepper, and garlic salt to taste.

Picnic Cut Pork

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Bagged Sauerkraut

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Buttered Pork

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Buttered and covered with brown sugar

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Covered with sauerkraut

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© 2013 HeatherH104

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    • HeatherH104 profile image
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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      I hope you like it! We eat it year round, it's a favorite.

      Thanks for your comment. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow that sure looks good! I will def try it. ^

    • HeatherH104 profile image
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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Oh my, that sounds wonderful! I think my family would love it, I'm going to experiment with it. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I went back to Holland and I asked the recipe to my sister in law....

      Like I said in my previous comment, she had the mashed potatoes all around the wall of the dish then she takes some sauerkraut and roll it ham and place those roll in the center of the dish and she fills all the space within the wall of mashed potatoes with those rolls.... and finally she prepares a bechamel sauce with cheese. I asked her which kind of cheese and she said it could be Swiss cheese or gouda.... she seemed to say almost any kind of cheese.... so you can explore and find your new favorite recipe :-)

      She told me that this recipe was coming from he own mother and I must say that over the 27 years that I have known my mother in law, she never prepared that dish. She was a sweet lady; she was more a mother to me than my own mother! She came to Canada for the birth of each of my sons!

      I think I will definitely try this recipe next winter!

    • HeatherH104 profile image
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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Sounds wonderful! Please let me know if you post the recipe.

    • kidscrafts profile image

      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I should ask her the recipe myself the next time I see her!

      It was quite interesting, because she had the mashed potatoes all around the wall of the dish and the sauerkraut on the inside and it was covered with the cheese sauce (I don't remember which cheese) and I don't remember where was the meat. I will definitely ask her because it was surprising but very good!

    • HeatherH104 profile image
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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Cheese sauce? Sounds good maybe you could share that recipe?

      I don't prepare any other meats with sugar, just seems to add to the flavor in this recipe.

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I love Sauerkraut :-) May be it's the European influence but I don't prepare my meat with sugar.

      My sister in law who live in Holland has an interesting recipe as well with a cheese sauce :-)

      Thanks for sharing, Heather!

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you! :)

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      Firdousia Sudheer 4 years ago from Dammam, Saudi Arabia

      great...voted up...