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.
2 cups vinegar
1 tablespoon of salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 onions sliced
1 carrot sliced
½ cup chopped celery
4 whole black peppers
2 bay leaves
Standing time in marinade: 5-6 days, turn daily
Remove from marinade
Throw away marinade
Sear meat with 3 tablespoons of shortening
Pour large can of beef broth over meat and simmer for 3 hours
In pan, blend:
5 tablespoons of melted butter
5 tablespoons of flour
1 tablespoon of sugar
Blend until smooth on low heat
Stir into simmering meat liquid
Continue simmering until tender
(Note: Recommend serving potato dumplings by Panni with sauerbraten. They can be found in the international section at some grocery stores.)
(German: Literally means “Tiny Sparrows.” Pronounced “Shpetzluh.”)
4 cups flour
1 Tbsp. salt
2 cups water (or milk for richer dough)
In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. Form a well in the center, break in eggs and add half of the water. Stir with a fork, slowly adding rest of water. Stir until fairly smooth and set aside.
Boil 2-3 quarts of water with a tablespoon of salt. Put Spatzle dough through a machine that makes small strips and drop into boiling water. Remove strips as they rise to surface, using skimmer.
To cook Spatzle without machine, put some dough on a wet cutting board with a handle. Inclining the board over the boiling water, cut strips into water using a large knife.
Serve warm. Good with butter, gravy, so on, etc. Left overs can be warmed in frying pan with butter.
*Photo by Kobako
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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.