German Spareribs and Sauerkraut

"This scrumptious dish was introduced to me by my German college roommate many years ago. We fixed it in our dorm room, which was verbotten, so I always associate this meal with an electric fry pan. I seem to remember we cooked the potatoes with the ribs in the same pan, but I think boiling the potatoes separately is a better idea."
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins


  • 3 -4 lbs pork spareribs, cut into serving pieces
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 granny smith apples, chopped (you can leave the skins on)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (28 ounce) can sauerkraut, drained and rinsed well
  • salt and pepper
  • 12 medium red potatoes


  • Brown spareribs in a large frying pan on medium heat until most of the fat has been rendered.
  • Remove to a platter temporarily as you fry each batch.
  • Brown the sliced onions and then add the garlic and cook another minute or two, but do not brown the garlic.
  • Remove onions and garlic from the pan briefly with a slotted spoon and pour off any fat that may have accumulated.
  • Place mushroom soup and sauerkraut in the pan and stir well and scrape up any browned bits that may have stuck to the pan.
  • Add onions, garlic, and apples and stir again.
  • Place spareribs on top and cover pan.
  • Cook for about an hour on low, stirring occasionally.
  • Be cautious in adding any salt because of the sauerkraut, but taste and season accordingly.
  • Boil potatoes in salted water until just barely fork-tender.
  • Serve the sauce over the potatoes.

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  1. I made this yummie dish for the Pick Your Chef cook-a-thon. It's very easy to put together, and the taste is incredible. Thanks for sharing a winner. Laudee
  2. My husband loved this. I used back ribs and after browning in my le creuset, baked at 350 for 45 min then turned the oven down to 300 for 30 min. This would be great with boneless loin chops too, I bet. For us, it was a very new and delicious way to cook pork. Thanks! So easy too!



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