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Sauerbraten (German Pot Roast)

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  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Vinegar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Carrots 2 , sliced
  Chopped onion 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Celery stalk 1 , chopped
  Peppercorns 4
  Cloves 4
  Bay leaves 2
  Top round steak roast 4 Pound
  Flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Shortening 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Chopped carrots 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Chopped parsnips 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Chopped celery 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Ginger snaps 10 , crushed
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste

Combine first 8 ingredients in saucepan; bring to boil, and remove from heat.
Pour over beef in glass, stainless or earthenware bowl, and cover tightly.
Refrigerate from 24 hours to as long as 4 days.
Turn meat occasionally.
To cook, remove meat from marinade (reserving marinade), wipe dry and flour lightly.
Melt shortening in heavy kettle or Dutch oven.
Brown meat on all sides, remove and add fresh vegetables.
Cook, stirring, 5 minutes.
Return meat to pan; add strained marinade, salt and pepper.
Cover, and simmer 3 hours or until meat is tender.
Remove meat to platter, and keep warm.
Skim fat from the liquids.
Stir crushed gingersnaps into sauce, and cook until thickened.
Pour a little over meat, and serve remainder in sauce boat.
Note: Marinating is an essential part of preparing Sauerbraten.

Recipe Summary

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Side Dish

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 477 Calories from Fat 212

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 24 g37.2%

Saturated Fat 8 g39.9%

Trans Fat 0.8 g

Cholesterol 81 mg27%

Sodium 791 mg33%

Total Carbohydrates 13 g4.3%

Dietary Fiber 1.2 g4.8%

Sugars 4.4 g

Protein 46 g91.3%

Vitamin A 65.4% Vitamin C 4.5%

Calcium 2.3% Iron 2.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Sauerbraten (German Pot Roast) Recipe