Boneless chuck roast makes the BEST "sour beef", since it literally "melts" in the gravy - and only needs to marinate overnight. My mom used to make REAL potato dumplings from cooked, riced potatoes, but Panni mix works well without the uncertainty of disintegration. I have found that commercial gingersnaps aren't what they used to be, carry very little ginger flavor, and does not thicken for gravy. A few years ago, I BEGGED Zaaries for a gingerbread cookie recipe, was given "Good Old Gingersnaps", Good Old Gingersnaps, which I have used since, but doubling the amount of ginger. Leftovers are great on noodles or bread. Cooking time includes marinating overnight.
- Pour pickling spice into a square of cheese cloth and tie into bundle with string.
- Combine vinegar, water, lemon juice, salt, sugar, onion, and spice bag in the crock pot.
- Add the meat and marinate in a cool place overnight.
- Cook all day on low heat.
- Remove meat and spice bag.
- Add crumbled gingersnaps.
- Whisk or stir until gingersnaps form a smooth gravy.
- Add gingersnaps as needed to thicken to desired consistency.
- Taste, and add additional salt and/or sugar to suit individual taste.
- Return meat to pot and cook a little longer, so that flavor of gravy penetrates meat.
- Serve with potato dumplings or mashed potatoes.