Sauerbraten (German, from _de. "sauer" sour + _de. "Braten" roast meat) is a roast from
Rhineland, Saarland, Silesia, and Swabia. While Rhineland Sauerbraten is sweetish and contains raisins and lebkuchen, Swabian Sauerbraten contains neither sweetening nor raisins. Sauerbraten was originally made from horse meator venison, but today beefis more commonly used, except by traditionalists.
For the Rhineland version the meat is marinated in
vinegar, a sweetening agent such as sugar beet syrup, apple syrup, or sugar, and seasonings containing junipercones and cloves, and then braised. The sauce contains raisins and often crushed lebkuchenspice cookies. The town of Eschweilerhas a long horse butcher tradition, and sauerbraten is one of its culinary specialities.
Swabian Sauerbraten the meat is marinated in vinegar, water, salt, cloves, and bay leaf. The meat is then braisedin the oven in a sauce of beef broth and white wine. Swabian Sauerbraten is traditionally served with Spätzleor dumplings.
Max Fleischer's animated version of " Minnie the Moocher", Betty Boopis angrily accused by her German immigrant parents of not eating her Hasenpfefferand Sauerbraten.
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