German Fried Pork Chops and Knackwurst

Hearty and Home-style Pan Fried Pork Chops!

In North America, Knackwurst refers to a squat, chubby sausage that hales from the Holstein region of Germany. These sausages consist of finely ground beef, veal and pork along with some fresh garlic―packed into hog casings. Knackwurst looks like a giant hot dog, but there is a vast difference in quality.

Not only does Knackwurst contain 30% less fat than the puny wiener we find in the supermarket; a much higher grade of meat is used. The sausages are aged for an average of 3-4 days. Their pinkish hue color is derived from the light smoking over oak wood after the initial boiling. Knackwurst is typically a spicy, highly seasoned sausage. The German noun

Knackwurst—which, in English, is oftentimes besmirched as Knockwurst—is derived from the German words knacken, meaning “to crack” or knackig meaning to “crisp.” This is in reference to the engorgement of the sausage during the cooking process. The casing pressurizes, balloons, and tends to “burst,” often expelling the juices when chomped down upon. While the best Knackwurst can be found in German delicatessens, Hebrew National™ and Boar’s Head™ make exceptional products.

German Fried Pork Chops Ingredients:

4 rib chops or pork loin 1/”-3/4” thickgerman fried pork chops
1 TBSP vegetable oil
1 medium chopped onion
1 medium chopped carrot
1 celery stalk, sliced
2 sweet pickles finely chopped
6oz Knackwurst ¼” slices
2 tsp caraway seeds
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
¾ cup water
3 medium potatoes, 1/8” slices

German Porkchop Cooking Directions:

Trim excess fat from pork. Heat cooking oil in a large skillet until hot. Saute pork chops until evenly brown on both sides; around 15 minutes. Remove pork from skillet and allow to rest.
Cook and stir onion, carrot, pickles and celery for five minutes. Arrange pork over vegetable mixture and dust with caraway seed, salt and pepper. Pour water over pork and arrange potato slices over top.  Heat to boiling and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Garnish with snipped parsley or chives. Serve with sauerkraut.

Enjoy these German style fried pork chops!