OTHER LANGUAGES: German
Sauerbraten is a popular dish in Germany. This article deals with roast beef as sauerbraten. The Sauerbraten is prepared regionally also with horse meat, game meat or like with Rheinischer Pepse with pork meat. In Bavaria the marinated pot roast of beef is called Boeuf á la mode. In this article I will answer the most important questions about the traditional preparation with beef. You can jump directly to the recipe here, I wish you every success!
1. How to make a good Sauerbraten?
For a good sauerbraten you get the beef please at least 5 days before the preparation. The big secret of sauerbraten preparation is to pickle the meat in a marinade of red wine, vinegar, bay leaf, cloves, peppercorns, onion, garlic and root vegetables. The pickle of the sauerbraten I describe in the next paragraph:
2. How to Put in a Sauerbraten correctly?
The meat is in the refrigerator, then you can prepare the meat stain now: Please use a high-quality, dry red wine, I personally like to use a Pinot Noir or a matured Rioja (not German :-)). As vinegar you can bring red wine vinegar or a matured, old balsamic vinegar into play. Prepare the “Beize” or “Marinade” with the listed ingredients and place the meat in the cooled marinade. The meat must be completely covered with marinade and should be “marinated” in a cool place for 4-7 days.
3. What Kind of Meat for Sauerbraten?
For sauerbraten, pieces of meat that are suitable for braising are generally suitable. For the sauerbraten I usually use the flat beef shoulder, which is also called shovel bow. I learned this 25 years ago from a bavarian Star Chef and I think there is no better meat for the Sauerbraten. Likewise you can use beef hip, tail piece, tail role or also leg disks for the sauerbraten.
4. How do I prepare a sauerbraten properly?
I start with the sauerbraten preparation one week and one day before the sauerbraten meal. The meat is bought, the marinade (stain) is prepared, the meat may be made 7 days a free float in the marinade and assume the taste of the marinade. The day before the sauerbraten meal I remove the meat from the marinade, as well as the vegetables. First preheat the oven to 180°C hot air. Brown the meat in a high roaster from all sides, then take it out of the roaster. Then fry the vegetables and tomato them with a little tomato paste. The tomato paste should take on a dark brown colour. Please have a look at the photos while preparing the veal stock. Now put the meat back to the vegetables and deglaze with the marinade. The meat should be completely covered and may now with lid in the preheated oven. Here is another insider tip:
In addition to the marinate of the pot roast, star chefs add at least 30% veal stock for braising.
Reduce the oven temperature to 160°C and cook the sauerbraten for a good 1.5-2 hours until soft. Check the cooking degree of the meat by piercing it with a meat fork. If the meat yields slightly when pierced, the sauerbraten is ready. Allow the meat to cool, pass the sauce through a sieve and reduce as desired or bind with grated potato or starch mixed in cold water. Cut the cooled meat into slices and prepare the side dishes for frying. Heat the meat in the sauce and serve with side dishes!
5. Recipe German Sauerbraten – Marinated Pot Roast and Tips for Side Dishes
As side dishes and additions go well with sauerbraten: Potato dumplings, bread dumplings, napkin dumplings, spaetzle, ribbon noodles, mashed potatoes, celery puree, finger noodles, red cabbage or red cabbage, glazed carrots, savoy cabbage, Brussels sprouts, peas, glazed root vegetables, cranberries, raisins, glazed apple pieces.
Varieties of Sauerbraten: The recipe below can be completed with cream fraiche and raisins. Another recipe shows how to prepare roast beef in a pot.
OTHER LANGUAGES: German