Sunday, January 15, 2012

German Saurbraten (Sour Beef)

They say smell is the quickest trigger of memories.  Well when I smell this cooking it reminds me of growing up in NY and early afternoon Sunday dinners after church. 

Any cut of beef that is used for pot roast. Cover with 1/2 water - 1/2 apple cider vinegar.  If it is a big roast I will use more water. Add cut up onion and pickling spices which are broken bay leaf, mustard seed, coriander seed and black peppercorns. (some use cinnamon to - I don't!)

Let is marinate for 3 -4 days turning every 12 or 24 hours. Pat dry or it will splatter during the browning step. I brown it well in alittle bacon fat or oil or crisco.  I tell my  myself 'think almost burn' when I am browning so it gets a dark rich color and 'bark'.
I finish cooking in the pressure cooker anywhere from 30 - 45 minutes depending on the size of the roast.

Finished plate served with Spaetzel, red cabbage and sweet and sour green beans.  For the gravy I use browned flour and some of the marinade - how much depends on how sour you want it.  Some  add gingersnaps but I don't do that either. 
 The only thing that makes this more complicated than a pot roast is the time it takes to marinade.  The measurements I use are approximate but there are plenty of recipes out there with exact measurements.

Hope you try this delicious meat dish and add it too your repertoire of recipes.


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Yummy, brings back memories of when my father made it when I was very young. My dad was German and he was a cook and he made this for us on Sundays for dinner! Oh how I loved it,still do when I smell it I just have to have it!!!!! Haven't had it in such along time,I may have to try your recipe. I didn't know how to cook it and my mom just kept telling me it took a long time!!!! Thank-you for sharing!!!!#volbc

Rose said...

This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Joy said...

Wow, thanks for this tutorial! Sauerbraten is one of my dad's favorite foods. Maybe I will try cooking it for him sometime.

Speed said...

I like it btw thank for information

Deborah said...

Yumm...This looks absolutely delicious! Will have to try this sometime! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

My father used to make sauerbraten but I don't remember how and with what ingredients - all I know was that I was left notes to remember to turn the sauerbraten!