Pork and sauerkraut………Pennsylvania Dutch tradition

Pennsylvania Dutch tradition

Traditions are fun and also important…….remembering older ways of doing things is being lost in some ways. In this general area, we have a New Year’s day tradition that comes from our Pennsylvania Dutch influence.  We are supposed to eat pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day.  The tradition says we will have money all next year if we do.

I’ve never argued with the tradition, since who wants to argue with having money….plus I like pork and kraut.  It is high in sodium, but I don’t eat it that often.  I’ve discovered that it tastes a little less salty (fooling myself, I know)  but also has a little different flavor and also absorbs the pork flavor better, if I cook it 4 or so hours in the crock pot.  Of course, it must be eaten over mashed potatoes  lol!

In the southern states, they have a different tradition.  They eat pork too, but no kraut.  They eat collards and black-eyed peas, usually with corn bread.  That would be good too, but I’m still not going to argue with local traditions!

Hopefully you have some neat traditions where you live, and will have money all year!  And  a happy and prosperous new year, and hopefully peace.

13 responses to “Pork and sauerkraut………Pennsylvania Dutch tradition

    • Oh yea, they are a daily tradition! She gets treats early each evening. She knows it’s time when she hears me rattle the lid of the can, lol. Have a nice New Year’s!

  1. My family often added apple sauce to the mix—especially if home-made. Don’t know about New Year’s, but Mom would fix it every other month or so, and use the extra roast pork for their version of pork chop suey (SP?) over rice—often with my Dad’s supply of alphalfa sprouts! YUM, YUM!

    • It’s good any time but it’s really a NY tradition around here. I don’t eat it too often cos I have high BP and the sodium in it is bad.

  2. hi sarasinart, I’m close to a southern girl by way of miami to alabama. Collard greens, cornbread and pork chops is the dish.Of course we have that all the time. LOL

  3. Hoppin’ John here Nancy, with a quarter in the bottom of the pot. It’s made with rice, black eyed peas and crumbled sausage, with collards on the side. I’m going to the store in the morning to get the stuff I need to increase my wealth in 2015-AND to continue the tradition-that’s important too

    • I’ve heard of that and seen recipes for it Sam but never made it. I should, cos I sure like everything in it. (Yes I really am from the north. 🙂 ) And a quarter in the bottom of the pot, what a great tradition that is! Those traditions are important to carry along, I agree. Happy New Year to you and Michael!

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