Recipe April 30, 2021


This was an entrée I was introduced to by my mother-in-law. When we were first married, Tom told me he loved sauerbraten and red cabbage. So, I looked up a recipe and I made it from scratch –vthe beef took 5 days to marinade (and the cabbage was a pain, too) – only to be told “I like my mom’s better”. Here is the recipe and it is much easier. This is a great fall and winter comfort dinner. 

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4-6 servings


1½ lbs. steak (I use rib eye or sirloin steak sliced in strips)
1 T. vegetable oil
1 envelope of brown gravy mix
2 c. water
1½ T. instant minced onion
2 T. white wine vinegar
2 T. brown sugar (dark brown sugar is better than light)
½ t. salt
¼ t. pepper
1 t. ginger
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf

Gravy Thickener Ingredients

2 T. cornstarch
½ T. cold water (to thicken the gravy)


Brown steak in the oil just slightly. Remove meat from skillet. 

Add gravy mix and water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining ingredients. 

Return meat to skillet and simmer (very low – so you do not overcook the meat) about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. About 15 to 20 minutes before serving, thicken the gravy with the cornstarch and water. Remove bay leaf.

Serve with purple cabbage and potato pancakes.