Quick Sauerbraten

Quick Sauerbraten

Craving Sauerbraten? Skip the Wait with This Quick and Easy Take

Forget slaving over marinades for days! This Quick Sauerbraten recipe brings you all the tangy, sweet, and savory goodness of the classic German dish in a fraction of the time, using readily available ingredients and requiring minimal effort.

What makes it quick?

  • No overnight marinating: Ditch the days-long wait and sear the pot roast before simmering it in a flavorful braising liquid.
  • Simple ingredients: Pantry staples like pickling spices, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, and ginger snaps combine to create a complex and satisfying sauce.
  • One-pot wonder: Toss everything in a Dutch oven or slow cooker, and let the magic happen while you get on with your day.

A symphony of flavors in every bite:

  • Tender pot roast: Seared to perfection and bathed in a rich, aromatic braising liquid, the pot roast becomes melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
  • Tangy and sweet sauce: Red wine vinegar and pickling spices provide a tangy base, while brown sugar and ginger snaps add a touch of sweetness and warmth.
  • Ginger snap surprise: Crushed ginger snaps thicken the sauce and add a unique, unexpected depth of flavor that sets this recipe apart.

Perfect for busy weeknights or casual gatherings:

This Quick Sauerbraten is ideal for a satisfying and flavorful meal without spending hours in the kitchen. It’s perfect for:

  • A cozy weeknight dinner: Serve it with mashed potatoes, spätzle, or crusty bread for a comforting and easy meal.
  • A casual weekend gathering: Impress your friends with this flavorful dish without the fuss of traditional sauerbraten preparation.
  • Holiday feasts: Add a touch of German flair to your holiday menu with this unique and delicious twist on a classic dish.

So ditch the long marinades and grab your Dutch oven (or slow cooker)! This Quick Sauerbraten recipe will become a new favorite in your busy kitchen.

Tips for a perfect Quick Sauerbraten:

  • Use a good-quality pot roast for the best flavor and texture.
  • Don’t be afraid to adjust the amount of pickling spices and red wine vinegar to your taste.
  • For a thicker sauce, simmer a few minutes longer at the end.
  • Top with fresh herbs like parsley or chives for color and flavor.

With its simple ingredients, quick preparation, and big flavor, this Quick Sauerbraten is sure to become a go-to recipe in your home. Give it a try and taste the magic for yourself!

Quick Sauerbraten

Quick Sauerbraten
A vintage recipe from Parade Magazine for Quick Sauerbraten made with a pot roast, vegetable oil, chopped onion, salt, pickling spices, red wine vinegar, water, brown sugar, and ginger snaps.
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  • 1 4 to 5 pound pot roast chuck, round, or rump
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons mixed pickling spices
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 12 gingersnaps crumbled


  • Brown pot roast slowly on all sides in oil in a heavy kettle or Dutch oven.
  • Pour off excess oil. Add next 6 ingredients.
  • Simmer 3 to 4 hours, or until tender.
  • Remove meat; keep warm.
  • Strain liquid left in kettle; measure 4 cups.
  • Add gingersnaps. Cook and stir until smooth and slightly thickened. (If a thicker gravy is desired, stir in 3 tablespoons of flour blended with 1/3 cup cold water.)
  • Cook, stirring often, 5 minutes

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Dutch Oven
Large Dutch Oven
Medium Sauce Pan
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Course Main Course
Cuisine German
Keyword Beef, Pot Roast, Roast


This recipe came from Parade Magazine.

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