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Traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Lucky New Year's Day Pork and Sauerkraut Recipe
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.
- 3-5 pound Picnic Cut Pork
- 32 oz (2 lb) Bagged Sauerkraut
- 2 Cans Pineapple Juice (6oz cans)
- Brown Sugar
- 5 pounds Potatoes
- Ground pepper
- Garlic Salt
- Preheat oven to 225°
- Put pork in baking dish. Cut strings off the meat.
- 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)
- Pour sauerkraut over meat.
- Pour pineapple juice over meat and sauerkraut.
- Bake 4-5 hours.
- 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
Buttered and covered with brown sugar
Covered with sauerkraut
© 2013 HeatherH104