I’ll take my meat with cookies, thank you.

Pull up your chair to the German dinner table and you’ll likely eat a heaping plate of meat and potatoes. You might even encounter a crunchy gingersnap or a soft, spicy gingerbread cookie [Recipe]. What you might not expect, however, is that your cookies could be in your meat dish.

That’s right.

The German dish called Sauerbraten is a slow-cooked pot roast, loaded up with vinegar and a rich, brown gravy thickened with nothing more than cookies. But let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

  • First, the meat hangs out in a vinegar bath for a week and a half, along with a healthy sprinkle of pickling spices.
  • Second, the meat is slow-cooked with the vinegar mixture in a hot oven.
  • Third, the vinegar mixture is strained and simmered with finely crushed gingersnaps to make a spicy, tangy brown gravy.

Amazing. I must eat this dish as soon as possible.

What about you? Would you try it?

Happy Fun Fact Friday!

Have a great weekend… hope you have something fun planned.

Photo of Sauerbraten: Johann H. Addicks


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