Choucroute Garni

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Choucroute GarniRecipe
Photo: Karry Hosford

Choucroute garni is French for "garnished sauerkraut." This dish is just that, with hearty pork tenderloin, bacon, and turkey sausage. Use a good dark beer (such as stout) for extra flavor.

8 servings (serving size: 1 pork slice, 1 sausage piece, and about 1/2 cup sauerkraut mixture.)


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5 cups sliced Braeburn apple
6 whole black peppercorns
6 juniper berries, lightly crushed
2 bacon slices, chopped
1 (32-ounce) jar sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
1 (14-ounce) package smoked turkey sausage, cut into 8 equal pieces
1 (12-ounce) bottle dark beer
1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed
Cooking spray
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Combine first 7 ingredients in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Remove from heat, and keep warm.

While sauerkraut mixture is cooking, cut pork crosswise into 8 equal slices. Place each slice between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; flatten each piece to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Lightly coat both sides of pork slices with cooking spray, and sprinkle both sides of pork with salt and pepper.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of pork slices; sauté 2 minutes on each side or until pork loses its pink color. Remove from heat, and keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining pork slices. Serve pork with sauerkraut mixture.

Created date

October 2003

Nutritional Information

Calories 247
Caloriesfromfat 30 %
Fat 8.2 g
Satfat 2.8 g
Monofat 3.4 g
Polyfat 1.2 g
Protein 19.2 g
Carbohydrate 21 g
Fiber 4.4 g
Cholesterol 59 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 950 mg
Calcium 55 mg