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Sauerbraten

Ingredients
  Beef eye round/Bottom round of beef 5 Pound, rolled
  Red wine vinegar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Fruity red wine 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs) (Such As Beaujolais)
  Whole peppercorns 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Bay leaf 1 Large
  Whole cloves 6
  Ground nutmeg 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), halved
  Lemon rind strip 2
  Onion 1 Medium, halved
  Celery stalks with leaves 2 Large, coarsely chopped
  Carrots 2 , peeled and cut into thin slices
  Parsley sprigs 3
  Hot water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Beef consomme with gelatin 10 1⁄2 Ounce (1 Can)
  Cornstarch 2 Tablespoon
  Cold water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Directions

1. One or 2 days before you plan to serve the dish, place the beef in a large, nonmetallic container. Pour the vinegar and red wine over the meat. Add the peppercorns, salt, bay leaf, cloves, nutmeg, garlic, lemon rind, onion, celery, carrot and parsley. Cover the container and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days, turning the meat occasionally in the marinade.
2. Remove the meat from the marinade. Strain the marinade, reserving the marinade and the vegetables separately. Pat the meat dry with paper toweling.
3. Heat a large kettle or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the meat, fat-side down. Brown the meat well, turning until all sides are browned, about 30 minutes. Don't rush the browning since you don't want to burn the meat.
4. Meanwhile, pour the reserved marinade into a saucepan. Simmer, adding a little hot water at a time until a total of 1 cup of water has been added. Keep the marinade warm.
5. When the meat is well browned on all sides, reduce the heat to very low. Add the consomme to the ketde. Add the reserved vegetables from the marinade. Cook, covered, until the meat is tender, about 3 1/2 hours. While the meat is cooking, occasionally baste the meat with some of the hot marinade. Continue basting until all the marinade has been added. Remove the meat to a hot platter; keep warm.
6. Strain the gravy through a sieve or food mill into a saucepan, pressing through as much of the cooked vegetables as possible.
7. Stir together with a fork the cornstarch and the cold water in a small cup until smooth and well blended. Skim the excess fat from the surface of the gravy. Bring the gravy to boiling. Stir in the cornstarch mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes until the gravy is thickened.
8. Slice the meat. Pour some of the gravy over the slices. Pass the rest of the gravy separately.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
German
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Braising
Ingredient: 
Beef
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
250 Minutes
Ready In: 
265 Minutes
Servings: 
10

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