Traditional Sauerbraten with Gingersnap Gravy


Now that that has been said, we can move on to one of my favorite parts of the Oktoberfest celebrations, the food.  For those of you who think that Oktoberfest is just something that Germans do during the month of October to have an excuse to get drunk, you’re wrong…sort of.  Oktoberfest is a harvest festival that lasts from September to mid October and is celebrated with music, dancing, food and drinks.  It is a time for everyone to come together to help each other celebrate a bountiful harvest and help prepare for the winter to come.


My favorite dish for this time of year is the traditional sauerbraten with gingersnap gravy.  Sauerbraten is sort of like a German sweet and sour beef roast.  One of my favorite memories about Oktoberfest is when my dad would make this dish.  While he cooked it, he would tell me stories about his grandparents and how much their German heritage meant to them.  This was something that he wanted to pass onto my brother and me.  My husband gets very excited this time of year, because he knows that it means good German food (traditional brats, potato sides, krauts and apple products) and dark German beers to go with it.  The below recipe is very close to what my dad used to make, and he said it was almost exactly how his grandmother made it.  I hope that you will give this a try and maybe start your own family tradition for the harvest 🙂

Sauerbraten with Gingersnap Gravy:


Serve with Kartoffel Kloesse (potato dumplings) and Route Kraut (red kraut with apples).


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