Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pot roast of beef marinated in vinegar, water, wine, and spices before being cooked.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A German dish of roasted marinated horse meat or beef. (Today, in most cases, beef is used instead of horse meat; pork is also used.)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pot roast marinated several days in seasoned vinegar before cooking; usually served with potato dumplings

Etymologies

German : sauer, sour (from Middle High German sūr, from Old High German) + Braten, roast meat (from Middle High German brāte, edible meat, from Old High German brāto; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German: sauer ("sour") + Braten ("roast meat") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Today, at "Jean-Claude" he serves up dishes such as sauerbraten, or traditional pot roast.

    Good, Old Sauerbraten

  • Joe Kohen for The Wall Street Journal The hearty sauerbraten stew, shown here, is slow-braised bottom round beef marinated in red wine vinegar with root vegetables on the side.

    What's Brewing in Princeton

  • So it's fitting that it offers a three-week Oktoberfest menu (this year through Oct. 17.) that includes several wurst offerings ($8-$16) and German side dishes ($3) as well as a hearty, cut-with-a-fork sauerbraten "stew" (slow-braised bottom round beef marinated in red wine vinegar, with root vegetables on the side) for $14.

    Best of the Wurst in Princeton

  • Sometimes it was a ride to the doctor, other times it was sharing her famous recipes, whether gefilte fish, hamantashen, Jordan's blueberry muffins, or her husband's favorite sauerbraten.

    We Remember - Emily Shain Mehlman, 1941 - 2006

  • One liberal blowhard in favor of Obama is grateful to know that his recent craving for sauerbraten can be chalked up to his support of a "hitler type" instead of the cold weather and pictures of Oktoberfest on the news.

    Obama and NRA Ads

  • Featuring sauerbraten, sauerkraut and rye bread; also, hot dogs and dessert.

    What's Happening in Loudoun County, Sept. 19-26, 2010

  • I really have to wonder who their customers are, especially during the summer, but the food was good; I had sauerbraten with spaetzele and rotkohl.

    6/21/08: Taos Toolbox, days 12-14 and wrap-up

  • To deglaze a pan after sautéing pork chops that will be served with a side of cooked sliced apples or in a complex dish such as sauerbraten.

    The City Cook

  • This version of sauerbraten is distinguished by its warm spices and long, slow marinating.

    One Big Table

  • Her neighbor, Roma McBride, thought that sauerbraten was American because she got the recipe from the butcher.

    One Big Table

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