What Can I Do With Leftover Pork & Saurkraut?

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Pork absorbs flavors in similar strength to poultry.
Pork absorbs flavors in similar strength to poultry. (Image: Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Leftovers often are underrated; you can make an excellent snack or meal out of leftover meat and veggies. Left cold or reheated after serving, both pork and vegetables continue to absorb marinades, spice rubs or dressings, increasing satisfaction and opening up possibilities for creating new dishes. Sauerkraut is simply shredded, salted and canned cabbage, and can be used as a focal point or enhancement for many dishes.

Traditional Leftover Plate

Load a plate with sliced pork, sauerkraut and an assortment of other vegetables or grains such as rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes or carrots. Pork is traditionally paired with a sweet sauce or accompaniment to balance the salt used to preserve the meat. Since sauerkraut is also salty, it also pairs well with sugar. Add a chutney, glaze or other fruit spread to the pork and cabbage, and reheat the plate in the microwave.

Sweet- or Hot-Sauce Sandwich

Choose an unusual bread such as dark or light rye, a homemade roll or a flat bread wrap. Saute some onions and peppers in olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour a small amount of light, sweet or hot bottled sauce over the mixture, then remove it from the pan. Allow the mixture to cool if a cold sandwich is desired, or serve immediately. Add the pork, sauerkraut, onions and peppers to the bread and enjoy.

Pulled Pork Casserole

Pull the pork from the bone, and shred it with a fork. Add some sweet or hot barbecue sauce to a dutch oven or covered casserole dish, then place the sauerkraut on top. Pour a small amount of water into the dish. Because the pork is already cooked, it doesn't have to simmer all day long to become tender. Turn the oven to the lowest cook setting, let the moisture steam the meat slowly, and don't check the pot for at least four hours. Enjoy by itself or on bread.

Slow-Cooker Apple Chops

Slice two sweet potatoes, two onions and two apples. Place them in the bottom of a slow cooker. Add the pork and sauerkraut, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon, salt and pepper. Allow the mixture to cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.

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  • "Big Orange Book"; Rachel Ray; 2008
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