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German Sauerbraten

 German Sauerbraten
Our family loves it when Mom prepares this wonderful old-world dish. The tender beef has a bold blend of mouthwatering seasonings. It smells so good in the oven and tastes even better—Cathy Eland, Highttown, New Jersey
14 ServingsPrep: 10 min. + marinating Cook: 10 min. + simmering


  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 beef top round roast (4 pounds)
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 medium onions, sliced, divided
  • 2 tablespoons mixed pickling spices, divided
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns, divided
  • 8 whole cloves, divided
  • 2 bay leaves, divided
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 14 to 16 gingersnaps, crushed


  • In a small bowl, combine salt and ginger; rub over roast. Place in a
  • deep glass bowl. In a large bowl, combine the water, vinegar and
  • sugar. Pour half of marinade into a large saucepan; add half of the
  • onions, pickling spices, peppercorns, cloves and bay leaves. Bring
  • to a boil. Pour over roast; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for
  • 2 days, turning twice a day.
  • To the remaining marinade, add the remaining onions, pickling spices,
  • peppercorns, cloves and bay leaves. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Drain and discard marinade from roast; pat roast dry. In a Dutch oven

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German Sauerbraten (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • over medium-high heat, brown roast in oil on all sides. Pour 1 cup
  • of reserved marinade with all of the onions and seasonings over
  • roast (cover and refrigerate remaining marinade). Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Strain cooking juices, discarding onions and seasonings. Add enough
  • reserved marinade to the cooking juices to measure 3 cups. Pour into
  • a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Add gingersnaps; reduce heat and
  • simmer until gravy is thickened. Slice roast and serve with gravy.
  • Yield: 14 servings.
Wine: Light-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.