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sauerbraten (german pot roast)

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Linda Kauppinen
Greenwood, FL

This recipe came to us from one of my grandmother's favorite cook book from back in the 50's. Betty is everyone's favorite.

(1 rating)
yield serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 4 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For sauerbraten (german pot roast)

  • 2 md
    onions, sliced
  • 1/2
    parsnip, sliced
  • 2
    carrots, sliced
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 6
    whole cloves
  • 12
  • 12
    juniper berries
  • 2 tsp
  • 4 - 6 lb
    chuck or rump roast
  • 1/4 lb
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/4 c
  • 1 c
  • 2/3 c
    red wine

How To Make sauerbraten (german pot roast)

  • 1
    Place your chuck or rump roast in an earthenware bowl with the first 8 ingredients.
  • 2
    In saucepan heat red wine vinegar on medium heat until boiling. Remove from heat and pour over the meat mixture in bowl. Let marinate for 3 days or more. Turn twice a day using wooden spoons. IMPORTANT NOTE!!!! NEVER pierce the meat with a fork. Keep in a cool place.
  • 3
    When ready to cook, drain meat (do not discard the marinade!!!) and brown it thoroughly on all sides in hot fat in a heavy skillet. Add marinade with vegetables to skillet but not enough to cover the meat.
  • 4
    Simmer slowly 3 to 4 hours or until tender. Or cook for 1 hour in pressure cooker at 10 pounds of pressure. Serve with boiled potatoes and sweet sour red cabbage.
  • 5
    Sauerbraten Gravy: Melt 1/4 lb butter, add 1 Tbsp sugar and about 1/4 C flour to make a roux. Let darken as much as possible, stirring constantly. Slowly add 1 cup marinade, 2/3C red wine and continue cooking until gravy is the consistency of heavy cream. Strain.