Mutti's German Sauerbraten Recipe

Here's the Sauerbraten recipe that comes from my Mutti's own handwritten cookbook. 

Her recipes are special to me. Full of wonderful memories, especially sitting in the dining room, enjoying these delicious feasts. This beef dinner is one of those. The meat is so tender and flavorful. 

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

3.5 hours

Total Time

3.75 hours + 3-5 days

Servings:

Makes 8 - 10 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs beef (chuck, rump, or round)
  • salt, pepper
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 12 peppercorns
  • 4 whole cloves
  • bacon fat, butter, or oil for browning
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 rib celery, sliced
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 cup sour cream (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Wipe meat with damp cloth and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Place in ceramic or glass bowl (not metal) or into a Ziploc bag that's been placed into a bowl in case it should leak. Add vinegar, wine, bay leaves, peppercorns, cloves and one sliced onion. Add water to cover.
  3. Tightly cover bowl (or seal Ziploc bag) and refrigerate for 3 - 5 days, turning once or twice every day.
  4. Drain meat.
  5. In Dutch oven or deep pan, put about 2 - 3 tbsp bacon fat, butter, or oil to brown meat.
  6. Brown roast on all sides.
  7. Add carrots, onions, and celery. Brown slightly.
  8. Add about 1 cup water (or broth) and cook over low heat about 3 hours, until meat is tender. (Or put everything into slow cooker. See hints below.)
  9. Remove meat. Mix corn starch with a bit of water. Slowly add just enough to simmering cooking liquid until thickened for gravy. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream (if using). Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  10. Serve meat and gravy with potato dumplings and red cabbage!

Notes/Hints:

  • Can be cooked in SLOW COOKER. Will take about 7 - 8 hours on low. (Check your slow cookers' manual)
  • For a 'spicier' taste, remove meat from marinade the night before cooking and cover all sides thickly with mustard. Cover and continue the following day with above instructions.

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