Sauerbraten With Potato Dumplings and Applesauce

Recipe by Amis227
READY IN: 6hrs




  • Wipe steak with damp cloth; season with salt and pepper.
  • Place in earthenware, glass or enamel bowl.
  • Combine onions, carrot, celery, cloves, peppercorns, vinegar and bay leaves and pour over meat.
  • Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 4 days.
  • Boil the potatoes for the dumplings on the night of the 4 day. Leave them in their jackets and let stand for a few hours to overnight.
  • On fifth day remove meat from refrigerator and drain, reserving marinade.
  • Sauté meat in bacon drippings plus 1 tablespoon butter until seared on all sides.
  • Cover with reserved marinade and bring to boil, then lower heat and simmer for about 3 hours.
  • Melt remaining 5 tablespoons of butter in a pan and stir in flour to form a roux.
  • Blend in sugar and brown to a nice dark color.
  • Stir roux into liquid in the pot and add raisins (optional).
  • Cover and continue to simmer until meat is tender, about 1 hour longer.
  • Peel the potatoes and mash them. Add the eggs and flour.
  • Form the mixture into little balls and chill in the refrigerator for about an hour before cooking.
  • Bring lightly salted water to just under boiling point.
  • To make sure your mixture has the right consistency, cook a single dumpling first. If it does not hold together, add more flour to the mixture.
  • Gently drop in a few dumplings, being careful not to overcrowd them.
  • When the dumplings are cooked, they will rise to the top.
  • Remove the meat to a warm serving platter.
  • Stir crushed gingersnaps or starch into the pot juices and cook until thickened.
  • Pour over the meat and serve with the dumplings and applesauce.
  • Provide melted, browned butter and bread crumbs for the dumplings.
  • Red cabbage makes another good accompaniment. A good one is Sweet and Sour and the brand that comes to mind is "Aunt Nellie's". It would probably be the easiest to find in the US. I always get mine at our local Walmart Supercenter.