Grandma's Braised Beef

Grandma's Braised Beef Recipe

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Janet Rivenbark


This was my grandmother's recipe. It was a "Depression" version of a German dish that her mother cooked.


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  • 1-1 1/2 lb
    mostly lean beef, any cut, the cheaper the better
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    olive oil, to coat the bottom of the pan
  • 3 Tbsp
    pickling spices, in a teaball or tied in a piece of cheesecloth
  • 1 -2 large
    bay leaves
  • ·
    beef broth
  • 15 oz

How to Make Grandma's Braised Beef


  1. In a Dutch oven, add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Brown the meat well on all sides.
  2. If using a crockpot, transfer meat to crockpot at this point. In either pot, add all ingredients, except the catsup. Add broth to cover meat.
  3. Simmer covered, over low heat until meat is tender. This can vary with the cut of meat, usually anywhere from 2 to 4 hours (all day in the crockpot.) If using the Dutch oven check every hour or so and keep adding broth to keep meat covered.
  4. Add catsup and cook for and additional 45 minutes to an hour.
  5. My grandmother served it with egg dumplings, but it can be served with egg noodles or potato dumplings. I usually serve it with Gnocchi. They are Italian, but are made the same way as the German potato dumplings, only they are smaller.
  6. What ever you choose to serve it with, cook according to your recipe or the package directions. I put the noodles, or dumplings or Gnocchi in the bottom of a flat soup bowl and ladle the braised beef over.

    If you are worried that it isn't a balanced meal (no veggies) it is also good with carrots added. I will occasionally steam a package of sliced carrots and add them to the top in the bowl just before I serve.

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About Grandma's Braised Beef

Course/Dish: Beef
Hashtags: #stew, #german

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