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    Bavarian Sauerbraten

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    100 hrs

    96 hrs

    4 hrs

    LiisaN's Note:

    Takes time, but worth the effort. Great served with potato dumplings, spaetzle or noodles or boiled potatoes!

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    1. 1
      In a large non-reactive bowl, stir together the wine, vinegar, water, 3 of the onions (quartered), celery leaves, salt, sugar, mustard seeds, nutmeg, cloves, peppercorns, parsley, and bay leaves.
    2. 2
      Add the meat and let it marinate, covered and chilled, turning occasionally for 3 to 4 days.
    3. 3
      Remove meat from the marinade and reserve the marinade.
    4. 4
      Season the meat with salt and pepper.
    5. 5
      In a kettle, heat the clarified butter- until hot but not smoking.
    6. 6
      Add the meat and brown on all sides.
    7. 7
      Add the reserved marinade and gently simer the mixture, covered for 3 1/2 to 4 hours- until meat is tender.
    8. 8
      Transfer the meat to a cutting board.
    9. 9
      Strain the cooking liquid the skim off the fat.
    10. 10
      Transfer 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid to a saucepan, bring to a boil and stir in the gingersnaps and the remaining liquid- a little at a time-stirring.
    11. 11
      Boil the sauce- until thickend, salt and pepper to taste.
    12. 12
      Slice meat and serve.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 04, 2010


      I doubled this (following exactly) and served at a big holiday party. It was a huge hit. So delicious! It's definitely not a last-minute recipe -- like all sauerbraten, the 4-day marinating takes some forethought -- but not hard at all and the taste took me right back to my grandmother's special-occasion Sunday dinners. I served with German Red Cabbage and Potato Dumplings... just like she did. Heaven to me. Everyone in my family wants me to make this again, immediately. Thank you, LiisaN!

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    • on April 04, 2009

      This is a great Sauerbraen recipe. It is even better if you leave it marinate longer--even up to a week. Thanks for the recipe.

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    • on October 10, 2005


      This was my first attempt at Sauerbraten and the whole family enjoyed it very much. Easy to do - I baked in my dutch oven at 325 for 4 hours. Served it with braised red cabbage and garlic mashed potatoes. YUM!

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    Nutritional Facts for Bavarian Sauerbraten

    Serving Size: 1 (497 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 644.0
    Calories from Fat 291
    Total Fat 32.3 g
    Saturated Fat 13.0 g
    Cholesterol 145.9 mg
    Sodium 1994.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 23.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
    Sugars 9.6 g
    Protein 49.0 g

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