Pork Chops & Sauerkraut
4 bone-in pork chops, patted dry
1 large bag or can of sauerkraut, well-drained
Salt & pepper
Season the pork chops with salt & pepper. Sear well on both sides, in a very hot skillet. Top with sauerkraut, turn heat down to medium-low, cover, and cook about an hour, until pork chops are cooked through. Serves 4.
Bubbles is very fond of sweet, sweet drinks. Soda, sweet tea, you name it, if it's sweet, she loves it. She also adores apple juice and cider, so she's a great guinea pig for my many hot cider experiments. Tonight, it was this one, which she loved and I liked better than many I've tried. Really, I'm fairly certain that I like plain old hot cider with cloves and cinnamon and nothing else added. But, this was fairly tasty and if you like sweet and citrus, you will dig it. The added water sounds weird, but it helps cut the cloying sweetness. You can also omit the molasses, but it does add a nice depth of flavor.
Molasses Orange Spiced Cider
4 c. cider
1 c. water
3/4 c. orange juice
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tbsp. whole cloves
2 tbsp. blackstrap molasses
Bring to a boil and simmer 10-15 minutes. Serves 4-6.