The spicy-sweet gingersnaps soften the tang of white vinegar. Serve the tender marinated beef and sauce over spaetzle (tiny noodles or dumplings) for an authentic German feast.
1 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
6 black peppercorns
5 whole cloves
3 bay leaves
1 lemon, sliced
1 (3-pound) rump roast, trimmed
1 1/2 cups sliced onion (1 large)
15 gingersnaps, crumbled
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
How to Make It
Place first 8 ingredients in a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; seal bag. Turn bag to blend marinade. Place roast and onion in bag; seal bag, turning to coat. Marinate in refrigerator 24 hours, turning bag occasionally.
Remove roast from marinade, reserving marinade. Place roast in a 5-quart electric slow cooker. Strain reserved marinade through a sieve into a bowl, reserving 1 1/2 cups; discard remaining liquid and solids. Pour 1 1/2 cups strained marinade over roast. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours or until roast is tender.
Remove roast from slow cooker; cover and keep warm. Add gingersnap crumbs to liquid in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 minutes or until sauce thickens; stir with a whisk until smooth. Serve sauce with roast. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
My husband commented that this was better than meals he has had in German restaurants. I served it with spaetzle and red cabbage. Definitely will serve to company next time with a Black Forest cake for dessert.
This was excellent! I added a package of shredded cabbage for the last 2 hours of cooking and we had sweet and sour cabbage with the sauerbraten. I then just drained it into a sauce pan and thickened the gravy with the gingersnaps on the stove top. One of my husband's specialties is spaetzle. We had that with it and it was a great winter meal that my whole family, even my 5 year old, loved.