I hope you enjoy this recipe. My Grandmother was German, so this
is one of my family's favorite dishes. You have to like vinegar
to like this recipe. It is a great deal of work, but it is worth
1 (5 pound) boneless chuck roast
1 tablespoon salt
2 large onions (thick slices)
1 quart Majestic or Heinz dark vinegar
1 quart water (just use the empty vinegar bottle)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 can pickling spice
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3/4 box ginger snaps
3 pounds potatoes
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine or butter
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix in bowl all Sour Beef ingredients and cover (DO NOT REFRIGERATE).
Take meat out of bowl and put in large pot, then brown it on both
sides. Take all ingredients and juices and pour back over meat.
Put cover over it and let simmer about 2 hours.
Take meat out and strain gravy essence and place the strained gravy
essence back in large pot.
Put 2 tablespoons flour in frying pan and keep stirring until it
gets light brown. After it browns add the flour gravy to the gravy
essence in large pot. Let simmer 20 minutes. Place meat back in
large pot with gravy. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes and turn off.
Boil potatoes with 1/2 teaspoon salt (about 20 minutes or until
fork goes in easy). After potatoes are done, mash the potatoes and
add butter. Then let potatoes cool. Add eggs one at a time and beat.
Add pepper. (Gradually add flour enough to keep the ball together
without it falling apart) roll in hand. Boil water with salt. After
the water has started to boil, add dumplings one at a time. Boil
uncovered for 6 to 8 minutes. When dumplings rise to the top they
are done. You may want to take dumplings out as each one rises to
the top depending on how many you have in pot.
When everything is done. Place meat on a plate and cut up (usually
you can pull apart with a fork, it's so tender). Put gravy in bowl.
Put dumplings into bowl.
Posted by Tired Twin Mom at Recipe Goldmine 6/14/01 8:33:20 am.