4 Apr


Sauerbraten (German: sauer ‘sour’ i.e. pickled + Braten, roast meat) is a German pot roast, usually of beef (but other meats such as venison, lamb, mutton, pork, and horse are sometimes used), marinated before cooking in a mixture of vinegar, water, spices and seasonings. Sauerbraten is traditionally served with red cabbage, potato dumplings (Kartoffelklöße), Spätzle, boiled potatoes, or pasta.


Sauerbraten was originally made with horse meat but today it is almost always made with beef .The town of Eschweiler, Germany has a long horse butcher tradition, and sauerbraten is one of its culinary specialties.

Several sources believe sauerbraten was invented by Charlemagne in the ninth century AD as a means of using leftover roasted meat. Saint Albertus Magnus, also known as Saint Albert the Great and Albert of Cologne, is also credited with popularizing the dish in the thirteenth century. Julius Caesar has been assigned a role in the inspiration for sauerbraten as he purportedly sent amphoras       filled with beef marinated in wine

over the Alps to the newly founded Roman colony of Cologne.   According to this legend, this inspired the residents of Cologne to imitate the Roman import.



Okay, so I have had sauerbraten in the United States Of America. I have had Sauerbraten in Munich Germany.

And I have to tell you that the absolute best I ever ate  was in Queens , New York at the dinning room table of Mrs. Budney.

Yes , My best buddy, Tony Budney’s ,  Mom.


She has to be the sweetest Mom along side of my Mom that ever was.

My buddy Tony  , aka    ” Uncle Tony”      invited me to his house back when we were both in the NAVY.

You would have thought that I was one of her own children for as welcome as I was .

The meal Mrs. Budney made was Sauerbraten.

I had never eaten  this before but I knew that I had have this again.

It was                  SOOO!!!       GOOOOD !!!

But wait ,  Before I get into the recipe I have to share a story  that I tell a lot, just because this lady was so sweet.


Once upon time when I was in the Navy. we had to make a supply run from New Jersey to a warehouse in Manhattan , which for those of you that don’t know is not very far from Queens  , which is where the Budney estate is. . So after we picked up our package I said , to the owner of the supply house ,”hey,  how close  are we to Queens ? ”   and Mr.  Salomon said, ”  you are very  close .”

So I said, ” lets go see if my buddy  is home on leave.”

So off we go I find this house . We get there and I ring the bell and Mrs. Budney  answers the door and says’ ” Ooh Scott, God Bless , It’s so good to see you,  how are you?  Tony’s not here.”

Just like I lived down the street and it was no big  surprise to see me.

So I Said, ” We were in town and I had time and I thought I would stop and say Hi,  ….. Hi”

” Ooh come in , come in ,  Let me get you some coffee..” We went in and she poured us coffee I introduce  Jeff Saurbeck , my   lead petty officer. ( my boss )

“Ooh God bless ,  it’s so nice to see you Scott and meet your friend, MR Budney ( Tony’s Dad )  wont be home until 5:00.”

” We wont be able to stay , we have to get back to the ship.”

“Can I make you something to eat?””

“No ma’am”  , but thank you.”

“It’s no trouble I can make you a sandwhich.”

“No , No Thank you we just have time for coffee”

We chatted for a little while about Tony , and the brothers and sister and about how  the family was doing  and then it was time to go.

Saurbeck excused himself he had to use the bathroom.

Bending her head close to me she says, ‘”Scott, your friend seems very nice but he is awfully quite, is he okay?”

“Yes, ” I say. ” He’s from south-west Virginia and I don’t’ think he ever wore shoes till he joined the navy,  plus he’s never been to a big city much less New York and I think he ‘s a little over whelmed.”

“Well God Bless him, I do know what you mean .MR. Budney and I lived in Norfolk,  Virginia when he was in the Navy,  so I  do know what you mean.”

Jeff came back from the bathroom and said it was time to go. So we said  our good byes and I said, ” I was sorry we couldn’t stay to see Mr. Budney but to say hi for me.”

So I got a hug and off to the van we went.

After we got back on the road Saurbeck , in a slow southern drawl , says  to me, ” SSSSSSSScott”


” That there  Mrs. Budney…… your friends Mom…… was a real nice Lady.”

“Yes she is a real sweetheart. ”

“Yep   ,  ….. but I got to tell you……..  I couldn’t understand NARY  a word of what she was talking about.”

Cracked me up.

“Little to fast for you?”” ,  they talk pretty fast in New York City.


“Well,,,….. yep…… and alotta  toooooo  much   Yankee.”    


So here is the recipe and you should follow it to the letter.

It will be the best sauerbraten you have ever had ,  but this I will tell you.

It will not be as good as  Mrs. Budney’s with all the TLC that she put in.


Only in the friendly Kitchens of the Budney family ,  if you are lucky enough to know one of them,  is the absolutely  best  Sauerbraten.

(but this will be close)



4 lb. rump roast ( sometimes called bottom round )

cider vinegar\1 Tbsp. salt

12 cloves

6 bay leaves

2 med. onions – sliced

6 whole black pepper seeds

1 /2  lemon  – Sliced


Place meat in a crock or bowl sufficiently large to allow it to be covered with liquid. Now pour in liquid consisting of the following mixture: half cider / vinegar half water . Add enough of this liquid to just cover the meat( start with a cup of vinegar and a cup of water add more if need) Then add all other ingredients. Leave meat in this mixture for 3 days in refrigerator turning every once in a while.



Take meat out of liquid and let drain. SAVE LIQUID !


3/4 cup sifted flour

1 cup cold water


6 ginger snaps – crumbled,


In a Dutch oven or a roasting pan with a tight fitting lid.

Melt 3 Tbsp. butter

Brown meat on all over as you would for a pot roast.

Then gradually add all liquid that it has been soaked in, including all the spices , etc.   Then add ginger snaps.

Cover the pan with lid and allow meat to simmer slowly for 2-3 hours. ( meat will be done when you can easily insert the point of a knife.)

While meat is cooking , preheat oven to 400°.  Spread flour in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until flour is the color of pecan shells,  stirring with a wooden spoon every 7 minutes. Remove from skillet, and cool completely .  (about 30 minutes)

Add flour to pot with meat and allow to cook for 10 minutes. If you find that the gravy forming is a little thick add a little water.

After cooking 10 minutes , strain the gravy and place meat with strained gravy again and cook for 5 minutes.

Remove from pot Let rest for 5 minutes , Slice and serve with

Kartoffelkloesse (German Potato Dumplings)

6 medium potatoes

2 eggs

3/4 cup flour 1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/4 Tsp nutmeg salt

Boil potatoes in their jacket and then remove skin and put thru ricer ( or mash slightly  if you don’t have a ricer}

Spread on a clean towel to dry out moisture

Pat with another towel.

Then place in a large bowl and sprinkle in 2 level Tsp. of salt.

Make a hallow and break in to this 2 eggs

Sift in 3/4 cup of flour and add 1/2 cup bread crumbs and 1/2 Tsp nutmeg.

Work all this together; then place board and knead well until you can make then in dry balls( if wet , then add a few more bread crumbs)

Roll this mixture into small balls and drop into a large pot of boiling water. when the potato balls come to the surface of the water , allow them to boil about three minutes . Then take one out and cut it. when cooked the center should be dry – not soggy. Remove from water with wire spoon

You have to careful not to boil too long, or the potato ball will fall apart After balls are done place on platter.

Sprinkle  parsley .




Eat and Enjoy !



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