- 5 cups sliced Braeburn apple
- 6 whole black peppercorns
- 6 juniper berries
- 2 chopped Lightlife bacon slices
- 1 (32-ounce) jar sauerkraut (such as Eden Foods)
- 4 (3-ounce) vegan sausages
- 1 (12-ounce) bottle dark beer
- 12 ounces Match pork, thawed
- Cooking spray
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2. Drain the sauerkraut, and rinse under cold water to wash away some of the salt. Cut the sausages in half, for 8 pieces total.
3. Combine the juniper, sauerkraut, and sausages in a Dutch oven with the apple, peppercorns, bacon, and beer. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.
Note: choose a good dark beer like a brown ale or stout. I used the brown ale from Brooklyn Brewery tonight. If opting for a stout, be sure to avoid Guinness, which is filtered through isinglass (fish bladder). A good vegan option is Sierra Nevada stout. An Oktoberfest brew would probably also work well with the flavors here.
4. Meanwhile, cut the Match pork into 8 equal portions, and place between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Flatten gently with a meat mallet to 1/4 inch thick. Coat both sides of the pork slices with cooking spray and sprinkle evenly with the salt and black pepper.
5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the pork pieces and saute for 2 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and repeat with the remaining pork slices.
6. To serve, place about 1/2 cup sauerkraut mixture on each of 8 plates, and "garnish" each serving with 1 pork slice and 1 sausage piece.
8 servings (1 pork piece, 1 sausage piece, about 1/2 cup sauerkraut mixture), Calories 247
Certainly bonus points for being different. Apple, cabbage, and pork is a classic combination, but the fermented saltiness of the sauerkraut and the richness of the beer made this novel Since I'm not a huge beer drinker, I found it to be a touch bitter, and would dilute with water while simmering next time. I also wasn't wild about the sausage, mainly because I chose the Yves Veggie brand which tasted more like a hot dog; opt for Tofurky's beer brats or kielbasa for better results. I didn't taste much juniper flavor either, so you might add a few more berries.