Monday, November 30, 2020

Virtual Cookie Exchange And Christmas Blog Hop Day 1

 The Virtual Cookie Exchange and Christmas Blog Hop has become one of my favorite traditions! It grows every year with amazing recipes, quilts, gifts, and traditions.

Doreen Alexander is sharing my blog today to share one of her favorite and traditional recipes. 

My childhood Christmas' were spent at our grandparent's house in Queens, NYC. All of my grandparent's friends in the area would store the wrapped presents for months. Guess that is why we could never find them! While we were eating dinner they would all bring over the presents and fill up the front porch. Don't know how they timed it but as soon as all the dishes were done the bell rang. We knew Santa had come...

In my family Sauerbraten has always been the Xmas dinner. My great grandparents were German. I am the eldest of five girls and each of us competed for the best recipe. I came up with a recipe that can be made that day or in advance. Either keep in fridge or freeze. The best part is no soaking of the meat is required.

Doreen Alexander




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Brown meat on all sides in 2 tablespoons oil.  Add all other ingredients except gingersnaps and simmer until tender in slow cooker.  Then add gingersnaps to thicken gravy and let cook approximately 20 minutes more.  Enjoy!

"Sauerbraten is a traditional German roast of heavily marinated meat. It is regarded as a national dish of Germany, and is frequently served in German-style restaurants internationally. It can be prepared from a variety of meats, most often from beef, but also from venison, lamb and mutton, pork and horse." 

For instant pot :

Manual high 42 minutes.  Natural release (not warm!). I love "Alexa" for my timer!

Remove meat.  Add crushed ginger snaps to thicken. If you thicken too much add some water to thin gravy.

Slice meat. Return to pot.  Bring to simmer for 5 minutes. Then serve.

Note for best even slices make day or more in advance and do not return meat to pot.  The meat slices easier if wrapped and put in fridge until cooled down; then slice. Cover meat with gravy and keep in fridge or freeze. To reheat use stove  or low oven. I always serve with potato dumplings, my four sisters with wide egg noodles.  

Ready to check out the rest of the virtual awesomeness!

December 1

Creatin' in the Sticks

Doreen – Just Let Me Quilt Guest

Bumbleberry Stitches

Home Sewn By Us

Quilt Schmilt

Food for Thought

Life in the Scrapatch

Ms P Designs USA

Just Sew Quilter

Cathie's Craftworks

Cynthia's Creating Ark

 December 2


Karen's Korner

Sew Many Yarns

Selina Quilts

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Days Filled With Joy

Words & Stitches

Just Because Quilts


 December 3



DayBrook Designs

Karrin’s Crazy World

Samelia's Mum

Songbird Designs

For The Love Of Geese

Stitchin At Home

Dreamworthy Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

 December 4

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

DesertSky Quilting

Seams To Be Sew

Happy Cottage Quilter

Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting

The Darling Dogwood

Kathleen McMusing


There is a Pinterest page for all the amazing things you'll see during this hop...HERE!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for more awesomeness!


Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

I love hearing about other people's family traditions! Sauerbraten sounds very yummy. I have family in Germany but have never had it before... thanks for sharing! xx

CathieJ said...

That recipe sounds delicious. I will have to try it sometime and experience my German roots. I love that family tradition with the presents.

Dorian said...

Thats an interesting recipe Doreen, with the added gingersnaps. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas.

Carla said...

What an interesting recipe. I am intrigued by those ginger snap cookies at the end. Thank you for sharing your German tradition.

Carol said...

The Sauerbraten sounds delicious! The allspice and gingersnaps would add an interesting flavor. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Doreen!

Stitchin At Home said...

I"m of german descent and have never had sauerbraten with gingersnaps, sounds good!

Carol S. said...

It's been fun sharing my blog with you, Doreen! I'm glad you joined in the fun.

Scrapatches said...

Happy Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange, Doreen! Thank you for the yummy looking recipe. I have never made this type of roast, as I thought it was more complicated. Your method looks easy. I shall have to try this soon. May you and yours have a safe and happy holiday season, Thank you, Carol, for hosting ... <3 Pat

Beatrice said...

I have never heard of Sauerbraten with gingersnaps, that's an interesting spin. My dad had a favourite dish for Christmas that was an old recipe from Silesia that his mother used to make. It also had gingersnaps in the sauce (and dark ale). My siblings and I hated it LOL Maybe it's time to give it another try decades later.

Calicojoan said...

Oh my goodness, it's been years since I had a good German meal. I almost forgot about how much I have missed it too. This is one I am definitely making. Gingerbread cookies in the gravy. My interest is peaked for sure. Thank you for bringing a bit of my childhood back also.

Kathleen said...

Wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing....

Karrin Hurd said...

Thanks for the recipe Doreen, and especially directions for the instant pot!

Sharon said...

Happy Christmas Doreen! This dish sounds delicious; thank you for sharing with us today.

Sherrie said...

My post is live. What an awesome idea...thanks for hosting.
Have a great day!

Carol Andrews said...

Thank you to Doreen for sharing the fun story of how Santa came and her recipe for Saurbraten. We often had it when I was a child living in Europe! Such fun memories 😄

Karen's Korner said...

It is interesting reading about the different foods that each country enjoys.

tink's mom said...

What a wonderful memory of Christmas. The sauerbraten recipe looks wonderfully tasty. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Your recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing it and your Christmas memories!

Charlene McCain said...

This sounds so yummy! Perfect meal for a cold winter's night! Thank you for sharing.

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi, Doreen (and Carol)! My grandmother was German and while she had passed before my birth, her recipes remained. I grew up having Sauerbraten with potato dumplings (I even learned to make them from scratch eons ago). Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and the tips. I am certain this is the same recipe my grandmother used or very similar - especially the gingersnap cookies! {{Hugs}} and Merry Christmas to you and your family. ~smile~ Roseanne

LJ said...

Sauerbraten is definitely not something I've ever made though I'm eaten it at our local Amish (Amana, Iowa) restrauants. Sounds like a great recipe. Thanks, Carol.

LJ said...

Sorry, Doreen and Carol. I just commented and after clicking 'publish' I realized, Doreen, that you were a guest blogger. My comment before should have been meant for you. Thanks, Doreen.

Lyndsey said...

I love your memories of Christmas and I'll be trying your recipe. Have a very Happy Christmas

Magpie's Mumblings said...

This sounds so delicious! I think we might just have to give it a try...thank you.

Emily said...

I've never heard of Santa ringing the doorbell! How fun!