Saturday, December 31, 2011

Grandma Russo's -New Year Eve Stew

The  Grandma Russo New Year Eve Stew Tradition 

Every New Year Eve remembering as far back as a child my Grandma  Russo would make this stew of Pork & Sauerkraut  that we would eat the strike of midnight to welcome the New Year with this ritual to attract good fortune as we watched  and Listen to Guy Lombardo – Auld Lang &  made noise with banging her Pots & pans with wooden spoons at the strike of Midnight . 
Picture of Grandma & I -I miss her & her COOKING!

I'm so grateful my husband, Rick watched her make this because I never took the time  to jot down  the Recipe from my grandmother  so he continues the Russo tradition for me by making my grandma's recipe every New Years Eve. 
It is a required taste but we LOVE it!

The Naked Chef -Lol So Handsome

To Make Cooking Easier You will need Crock Pot


Pork butt or shoulder
Stick of Pepperoni
Package of smokies/weiners
Package Hot Dogs
2 jars of Sauerkraut
Marinara Sauce
½ tsp Salt & pepper
½ tsp Season Salt
1 Bayleaf
Chopped ItalianParsley 
Organic Chicken Stock

 Suggestions: Serve on top of mash potatoes along with Crusty Italian Bread for dipping
Season the pork with seasoned salt and place in crock-pot to cook.

 Cook on High  For 2 hours.
Place Kielbasa with pork to cook with Organic Chicken Stock.

 After the pork is fully cooked , let the meat to rest &  remove the string  and start to dice and chop garlic and onion.

                     (Notice the Southern Comfort in the background )

                                              Ingredient for the Cook

                              Rick , Starting off the New Year -Happy

                                                 Ok back to the Recipe

                                                Chop... Chop... Chop 

Rinse sauerkraut and squeeze dry. Cook on stove until sauerkraut is tender.

Place the sauerkraut in a slow cooker with the cut up pork and Kielbasa.


Cut Kielbasa, Bratwurst, Pepperoni and Hotdogs into 2-inch lengths; place in slow cooker. Continue to layer in slow cooker

                                           Everyone into the pool(Crock-Pot)

Remove the stems of Italian Parsley and Chop Parsley


                                                                   Add to Stew     
Add your Sunday Marinara
Today we are using one out of a jar- DelGrosso makes Good Marinara

Add Bay leaf, salt & pepper (to taste) and stir

Add Smokies to pot 

(Don't need alot of pepper due to the pepperoni is a little spicy)
Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours

                                               Enjoy at Midnight

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