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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Easy Sauerbraten in the Slow Cooker

Sauerbraten is a traditional German dish that Mr. Décor grew to love when we were stationed at Ramstein A.F.B. I try to make it for him at least once a year. “Sauer” means exactly what it sounds like~ sour or pickled. “Braten” means roast meat. It is so tender and easy to make in a crockpot.  

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Keep reading for the easy recipe.

3 to 5 pound beef sirloin roast or brisket 
2 cups of homemade (or 1 box) beef broth or stock
4 potatoes, 4 carrots and 1 onion all thinly sliced
1 cup each of diced mushrooms and shredded red and green cabbage
1/3 cup each of apple cider vinegar and brown sugar
Salt and pepper
12 gingersnap cookies ground to a fine powder (it will act as a thickener for your gravy)

Put a layer of vegetables on the bottom of the crock pot.
Salt and pepper the roast thoroughly and place on top of the vegetables.
Mix together the beef stock, apple cider vinegar and brown sugar then pour over the top.
Cook on medium for 6-8 hours.

Remove the beef and vegetables from the crock pot and pour the cooking liquids into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and mix in the crushed gingersnap cookies. Bring back to a boil until nicely thickened. The roast should slice easily. Drizzle the gravy of the top of the roast and sprinkle with a bit of fresh parsley and bacon bits if you desire.


Other side dishes that can be served with sauerbraten are knödel, which are potato or bread dumplings and spätzle, a flour and egg noodle. Our family loves spätzle. The recipe I used can be found HERE.


Guten Sie Appetit!



Vel Criste said...

Looks really yum, have to try this. Thanks for sharing Laura!

pbrenner said...

Oh my mouth is watering! My husband was also stationed in Germany (years ago), and it is his favorite cuisine. This seems more like a fall dish to us, but done in the crock pot, I can see making it in the spring time (no heating up the house with the oven, lol). Thanks for sharing it!


Karena Albert said...

Laura my Dad makes the best Sauerbraten and yours sound great!

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Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Delish - reminds me of m childhood. Warm regards

Joani said...

This makes my mouth water. I haven't had any sauerbraten in a long time. This looks so delicious and thanks for the recipe.

Bonnie said...

Sounds like a recipe my husband would enjoy.

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