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28 Mar

Roasted Pork Loin with Apples, Onions and Sauerkraut

This week we gave you brief history of sauerkraut, explained why you might want to add it to your diet, and even gave you a step-by-step guide to making your own. But we all know man cannot live on sauerkraut alone. The solution? A special edition of “What’s for Dinner Tonight?” that not only includes the aforementioned fermented cabbage (extra points if you use your own homemade version), but also incorporates a few of the tips and strategies we profiled in our recent Depression Diet post: this recipe only has a few ingredients, uses a relatively inexpensive cut of meat, makes good use of inexpensive spices to add flavor and freezes beautifully. Not bad, ey?

Now on to the recipe…

3 lbs of pork loin
1 large onion, sliced thin
2 apples, peeled and sliced
1 lb sauerkraut
Salt, pepper and paprika to taste

First, select a roasting pan large enough for your pork loin to lay flat. Season pork loin with salt, pepper and paprika to taste and roast in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes. Remove from oven, remove loin from pan and set aside. Line roasting pan with the sauerkraut (juice and all), top with pork loin and arrange apple and onion slices on top. Return to oven for an additional 45 minutes (total cooking time should run about 20-30 minutes per pound of meat so adjust your time accordingly) or until internal temperature of pork loin registers 170 degrees on a meat thermometer. Serve.

Alternatively, to get the full benefits of the healthy probiotics found in the sauerkraut keep the kraut to the side and serve it cold with the cooked pork loin, apples and onions. If you go this route place the pork loin on top of the apple and onion slices in the pan and still use some of the sauerkraut juice.

Nutrition Analysis:
Analysis provided courtesy of based on 1/6 of full recipe.

Calories: 616 calories
Fat: 33.3 grams (49% calories from fat)
Carbs: 13.8 grams (8% calories from carbs)
Protein: 62.4 grams (43% calories from protein)

Further Reading:

A Food Revolution Manifesto

Why Don’t We Eat Horse? It’s Nutritious.

Processed Soy and Meat Alternatives

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  1. Nice. I have some Sauerkraut on hands right now, even if it’s store bought. But I think I may even gonna make some myself next week or so.
    I’ll keep this recipe in mind and may try it out the next days.

    madMUHHH wrote on March 28th, 2009
  2. 90 minutes cooking time at 350? 170 degrees?


    Keath Cole wrote on March 28th, 2009
  3. GREAT MEAL!! Looks absolutely divine. I have always wanted a good recipe for sauerkraut and so I will definitely be making this one.

    Dr Dan wrote on March 28th, 2009
  4. We had a pork loin the other day that looked almost exactly like this. Only we split it down the middle and stuffed it full of chorizo! yum

    The SoG

    Son of Grok wrote on March 28th, 2009
  5. My dad makes this once.
    It is really good!

    Sentree wrote on March 29th, 2009
  6. I’m pork loin incompetent, but I’ll give it another try with this recipe.

    Yum Yucky wrote on March 30th, 2009
  7. Made this last night…it’s great! Thanks for the recipe.

    Reid wrote on March 31st, 2009
  8. mmmm… kraut… I think I’ll be making this

    Erin wrote on April 2nd, 2009
  9. throw that into a crockpot, meat first, add some garlic to taste , apples and sauerkraut and 6 hours later it’s done. super easy and classic

    snickersandapepsi wrote on July 28th, 2009
  10. There’s a better way. Cut the pork loin almost through from one side. Open it up and stuff it with the sliced apples, onions, and saurkraut. Truss it with butcher’s string. Then put it on your BBQ rotisserie and slow roast it until it’s done. Much better this way.

    DennisN wrote on September 18th, 2011
  11. First day on Paleo! Chose this recipe and sprinkled cinnamon on the sauerkraut to cut the tartness. Complimented the apples and pork very well!

    Melissa wrote on May 7th, 2012

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