With three boys, a daughter, and son-in-law coming home for the Holidays, hearty, comforting dishes are in order for those days between festivities. This is a favorite! Linda G. wrote me with memories of her great aunt Caroline, a Chicago career woman who was also a seamstress, cook & baker. The dish Caroline used to make that Linda misses most combined bread, pork chops, sauerkraut and apples—a yummy mix originally celebrated in Southern Germany.
With some experimentation, I put together my own tribute to Caroline, with center-cut porkchops, mild sauerkraut, apples steamed in beer and buttery bread stuffing. For a super-tender, juicy result, I cover the casserole with tinfoil and roast the ingredients at a low temperature . Linda is happy and this dish is really good—especially if you like stuffing! For extra flavor, steam the apples in Pilsner, and, add a sprinkling of caraway seed.