Mom’s Sauerbraten, Spaetzel and Red Cabbage recipes


4 lb beef rump roast
1 1/2 cup vinegar
1 Cup dry red wine
1/2 Cup water
3 medium onions, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
1 lemon sliced
10 whole peppercorns
10 cloves
3 small bay leaves
2 TBLS Sugar
1 1/2 ts salt

Mix all the ingredients in a large zip-lock bag before adding the beef. Marinate in the refrigerator 3-4 days. Turn at least twice each day. Discard the solid ingredients but save the liquid.  Put the meat in crock-pot and add fresh onion, carrots, and celery plus the marinade liquid.  Cook 6-7 hours. You can make gravy using the liquid in the crock-pot but water it down and sugar it up so it’s not too sour.


3 Cups flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 to 1 1/4 Cups water

Beat the whole thing together til smooth.  If it is too sticky, add a little more flour.  Put on a pot of salted water and bring to boil.  Pour batter into spaetzle maker and it will drop right into water.  It will float and should cook in about a minute.  Drain, toss with butter.  Keep warm in oven.

Red Cabbage

Red cabbage, shredded about 4 times the amount of apple
2 large granny smith apples, sliced like for pie
1 onion, sliced
1 Cup Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Pepper
1/2-3/4 tsp Caraway seeds

Melt a little butter in a pan and add the onion, cabbage and salt then saute for a minute or two. Add the vinegar, water, pepper and caraway seed. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes then add the apple. Simmer another 20-30 minutes until the cabbage is tender. Taste and adjust for sour, salt and sweet. Serve.


About Joe Graff

President and co-owner of DC based design studio, icon werx, inc. Lived in Thailand for 8+ years (2003-2011). Rheumatoid arthritis and triple joint replacement patient.
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