My grandparents, Emil and Emilie Goebelbecker, immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1929, and they brought many traditions with them, including delicious recipes. Sauerbraten is my favorite family recipe that was passed down by my Nana. My mother and I still makes sauerbraten on special occasions, such as my birthday, which is in late November.
When my grandparents lived in Germany, my nana used to make homemade potato dumplings along with the sauerbraten. She, however, started using boxed dumplings when they moved to the United States. I remember my grandfather once asking her why she didn’t make the homemade dumplings, and Nana replied (with annoyance), “No one makes them from scratch anymore.”
I have occasionally found the potato dumplings in the International section at Harris Teeter, and I’ve also ordered them online.
Sometimes Nana made spatzle to go with the sauerbraten, and she always made spatzle from scratch. I’ve recently found spatzle at Aldi, and it is just as delicious as my Nana’s. (Please don’t tell Nana I said that!)
Both sauerbraten, potato dumplings, and spatzle bring back special memories of visiting my grandparents in their small house in Midland Park, New Jersey. My sons enjoy sauerbraten, spatzle, and potato dumplings. They are always happy when my mom and I make them. I have a feeling Nana would be happy we still enjoy these special meals and think of her when we eat them.
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Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Kauffman Amish Bakery series and the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats.