After struggling with a Blogger upload problem for months I finally managed to figure out a way to post a few pics of a dinner I made months ago. I got this crazy idea at a late night grocery store run that I just HAD to have a German Food Night.
It started with a mix packet for Sauerbraten - I love Sauerbraten. Or rather, I should say I loved the Sauerbraten that I used to get at a now closed cafeteria here in St. Louis. Grone's Cafeteria made the most delicious roast beef (French dip sandwiches to DIE for) and twice a week they had thin sliced delicious Sauerbraten with potato pancakes and applesauce on the side. Grone's closed suddenly one day without a clue to their customers (and rumor has it - even the employees) and I was shocked and saddened. I tried to find another restaurant that made sauerbraten and the few that did just weren't anywhere near as good so I thought I'd never have it again.
Then, low and behold - one day I found an article online that had the family that owned the cafeteria saying that old customers wanted their recipes and they were willing to share! Oh joy! My only problem - I didn't have a Dutch Oven, apparently a neccessity to making delicious Sauerbraten. So that night, standing in the grocery store looking at a mix for sauerbraten I decided - we NEED a German food night! Bring on the roast beef, the applesauce, and hey, how about some pickeled red cabbage? And while we are at it - I think we need German Chocolate cake, too!
My family thought I was crazy, but I was determined! I bought a dutch oven from Target (not cheap) and then made up my menu and ta da!!
My Lovely Sauerbraten:
And this is my new dutch oven:
You can get one at Target. A lovely addition to my kitchen. I plan to make other meals out of it, but for now I'm already dreaming of a new sauerbraten...
Here's what it looked like as I was serving out of the dutch oven - the recipe was a 'reduced for family' recipe that was originally made in mind for cafeteria cooks. I found half way throught it that it needed one major change, which meant I ended up with far more sauce than I needed. But still! Delicious!!
Here's a quick snap as we eat - the potato pancakes are not perfect, but they were crispy and still delicious...
So - if anyone is interested in the Sauerbraten recipe I will gladly share it or you can google Grone's Cafeteria recipe Sauerbraten, too. I recommend cutting down on the flour in the recipe. I used applesauce and red cabbage from jars - after all the fuss with the meat and potatoes I am glad I didn't make the rest of the sides. Once you have the recipe down for the meat it is actually an easy meal to make and did I mention delicious? :) Just as good as the ones I remember. Mmmm... And the German Chocolate cake was good, too. Out of a box, but if it tastes good, who cares?
More posts to come now that I figured out a way to post pics again.