My entire life, my mother has made the same dinner on New Year’s Day. This meal consists of pork, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes. I never like sauerkraut, however, I always ate it because supposedly it will give you good luck in the new year. This year, living in New Haven, is my first New Year’s day away from home. Not wanting to screw up 22 years of fairly good luck, I decided I would make my family’s typical dinner myself.
It began…. with a lot of pre-packaged stuff.
Mmm… Potato Buds. So what we have here is the smallest can of kraut I could find, a box of potato buds (Hey, its early in my conquest to become a domestic diva!), two apples, and four rather small cuts of pork. So what next?
Call mom, of course!
My mother gave me the basics for the recipe which, of course, I promptly forgot about fifteen minutes after getting off the phone. After defrosting the meat, slicing the apples, and draining the kraut, I decided to consult the trust resident housing cook book.
The volume of knowledge is hardly ever used by the inhabitants of my apartment. Its actually stuck on a shelf and usually covered with tins of tea. Today, however, I rescued it in order to put its information to good use. I opened it… and promptly saw this.
After debating on the relationship of Jake and Dan for awhile, I finally found the pork section of the cookbook, which was basically nothing I didn’t already know. Bugger. With a shrug, I turned the oven to 300° and went about preparing the pork.
I began by browning the pork cuts, seasoning them with pepper, on the burner before putting them into a roasting pan. I added the kraut and sliced apples (which, according to Ma, help counteract the kraut’s strong flavour) before setting it into the oven.
I popped this puppy in the oven and was ready for fifteen minutes of mindless Facebook surfing before I noticed something left behind… The rest of the apples!! What to do? Why… cook them in butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon of course!
As I let my apples cook, I realized it was also time to start the oh so delicious potato buds. By the time the microwave at made me my potatoes, the apples had cooked, and my roommate have come home to give me an update from work, the meat and kraut was ready!!
And its complete! My (incredibly white) New Year’s meal. How did it taste? Pretty good, at least for me and my lack of skills. Things I should improve on are spicing… since most of the taste came from the kraut (which I am slowly beginning to hate less). My roommate even had some and didn’t look disgusted or vomit after finishing. I call my first home cooked meal of 2011 a success.