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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 5
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 256.1
  • Total Fat: 10.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 80.7 mg
  • Sodium: 316.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 12.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 29.1 g

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Bavarian Beef


Bavarian Beef

Introduction

This classic German stew is made with lean trimmed beef stew meat and cabbage. This classic German stew is made with lean trimmed beef stew meat and cabbage.
Number of Servings: 5

Ingredients



    • 1-1/4 lbs. lean beef stew meat (trimmed of fat), cut in 1-inch pieces


    • 1 tablespoon olive oil


    • 1 large onion, thinly sliced


    • 1-1/2 cups water


    • 3/4 teaspoon caraway seeds


    • 1/2 teaspoon salt


    • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


    • 1 bay leaf


    • 1/4 cup white or cider vinegar


    • 1 tablespoon sugar


    • 1/2 small head cabbage, cut into 4 wedges


    • 1/4 cup crushed gingersnaps



Directions

1. Brown meat in oil in a heavy skillet. Remove meat and sauté onion in remaining oil until golden. Return meat to skillet. Add water, caraway seeds, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 1-1/4 hours.



2. Add vinegar and sugar; stir. Place cabbage on top of meat. Cover and simmer 45 minutes more.



3. Arrange meat and cabbage on a platter and keep warm. Strain drippings and skim off fat. Add enough water to drippings to yield 1 cup of liquid. Return to skillet with gingersnap crumbs. Cook and stir until thickened and mixture boils. Serve with meat and vegetables.

Yield: 5 servings--Serving Size: 5 oz





TAGS:  Beef/Pork |

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  • Incredible!
    97 of 97 people found this review helpful
    I've been making this for over over 40 years & now with venison. The ginger snaps are the key ingredient that adds flavor and it's also the thickening agent. Don't leave them out! Use cider vinegar. My DH likes it with noodles or potatoes with sweet baby peas on the side. - 9/15/08

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  • Incredible!
    50 of 50 people found this review helpful
    I tried this today. I just made minor changes because I needed to use the crock pot. I think the recipe is excellent the way it is, but I added carrots and potatoes so we would have everything ready at once. I didn't have gingersnaps, so I baked a small batch They worked well for the gravy. - 11/20/08

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  • Incredible!
    48 of 49 people found this review helpful
    I made this Sunday night to save and eat for lunch through the week. I followed the recipe to the letter and never had to add any liquid. This isn't a "stew" or soup... it's more like pot roast with gravy. The meat is delicious and the sauce is flavorful. Yummy!! - 10/20/08

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  • Incredible!
    38 of 40 people found this review helpful
    This is something I have been making pretty much all my life .. use any cabbage .. add apple slices .. but the gingersnaps really make it! Yummy - 1/24/08

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  • Incredible!
    35 of 42 people found this review helpful
    Just an FYI...so many people mention adding bread, apples, potatoes and even carrots to the pot, be very careful about your carb & sugar caloric intake. Carrots, when cooked, release sugar. Apples add sugar. Also increasing the ginger snaps is increasing the cookie calories. I'm just saying..... - 8/25/09

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  • Very Good
    34 of 34 people found this review helpful
    YUM!!! We made this tonight, using green cabbage, ~ 2 cups apple slices, and 2.5 cups water (at the advice of some reviewers). That gave us plenty of pan liquor as the base for a double batch of gingersnap gravy. Great, hearty, interesting recipe - a lovely change from the weeknight staples. - 9/30/08

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  • Incredible!
    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
    It was EASY! I'd make it again with 2 changes.The cabbage should be smaller sized wedges to cook better and it needs more liquid than it says. I must have added about 3/4 c. more of water during cooking. I also used brown sugar and it wasn't as sweet as I feared it would be. DELICIOUS!! - 9/23/08

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  • Very Good
    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
    This is a simplified version of Sauerbrauten I've made for years, but the original requires significantly more time, including a three day marinating period. This recipe has similar tastes to the original without all the work Thanks for sharing. Serve with potato pancakes,sweet and sour red cabbage. - 7/22/09

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  • Very Good
    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
    Excellent! Boyfriend and I both loved this. It smelled so good cooking! I used low-so beef broth and used more liquid than called for (we like lots of gravy). I used 1 tsp of brown sugar and red onions and Served over whole wheat egg noodles. Next time I will add apples & green beans. - 9/26/08

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  • Incredible!
    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
    Absolutely fantastic! I subbed beef broth for water, brown sugar for white, doubled the gravy, diced the onions and cabbage, and added two, sliced, red apples 25 minutes before removing the mixture from heat. I also boiled some potatoes separately and added them into the final mixture. - 12/16/08

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  • Incredible!
    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
    I cooked this for tonight's dinner. It was really good! My favorite part was the gingersnap sauce/gravy!! The only thing different that I did was add a little more than a 1/4 c. gingersnaps crumbs, since I had some left. Even my DH liked it and he is a little on the 'picky' side:) - 11/19/08

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  • Incredible!
    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
    This recipe is so good. It manages to take an inexpensive cut of meat & turn it into a delectable meal. The gingersnap sauce was a real surprise & makes the dish. Don't skip it. The only change I made is to use the whole head of cabbage (I mean what do I need half a head of cabbage for anyway? lol) - 7/24/09

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  • Very Good
    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
    Good and tasty. Easy to put together and I did it in the crockpot too. Put potatoes and carrots in for a full course meal. A definite re-do. - 3/21/09

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  • Incredible!
    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
    I have made this two times already. Delicious and different! I made some changes after the first time.
    I used 1 lb. top round steak meat cut into 1" pieces.
    I added chunks of carrots 1/2 way through the cooking time of the beef. Cut cabbage into smaller pieces. Serve w potatoes on the side. - 6/10/08

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  • Very Good
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    Tastes great! I too adjusted the recipe by using a full head of green cabbage, adding carrots and doubled the gravy. I used two cups of water. - 3/23/09

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  • Very Good
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    I really enjoyed this! It was a fun change from regular beef stew. The only thing I changed was to cut the cabbage smaller, but in retrospect, it may be better in large chunks. I served it with potatoes, carrots, and sauteed greens, but the potatoes and carrots would have been good in the stew too. - 1/7/09

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  • Incredible!
    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
    I don't give incredible rating to recipes very often but this is so simple and delicious!! Again, don't leave off the ginger snaps as it is thickening and flavor agent!! - 7/7/09

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  • Very Good
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    quick and easy answer to making SAUERBRATEN without having to marinate for 2-3 days - 3/21/09

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  • Very Good
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Really yummy, but next time, I will add some dry mustard, use brown sugar instead of white, and chop up the cabbage. Served this with some mashed potatoes and green beans. - 5/19/08

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  • Very Good
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    In one word delicious! When I took the lid off, the aroma reminded me of my Nana's kitchen when I was a kid. I omitted the caraway seeds but followed the rest of the recipe. My husband & I both love it and will make it often. - 3/22/09

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  • Good
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    This was good, but I preferred to kick it up a bit. I sprinkled with some red wine vinegar on mine. Also, I added some boiled potatoes which I cooked separately. Next time I'll try cooking the potatoes along with the cabbage. I might throw a few frozen green peas near the end of cooking time. - 3/26/08

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Very delicious! We will definitely make this again. Only thing it needed was a nice slice of pumpernickel bread on the side! - 1/28/08

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I could so see this with the addition of some more veggies! My mom added carrots and green beans...for color, flavor and nutrients without adding alot of calories! - 3/21/09

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
    This was absolutely delicious. My husband and my kids loved it as well as me. It was one of the few foods that I had to fight myself not to have seconds of! Will definitely make again and again. Thank you for the recipe! - 10/25/08

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  • Very Good
    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
    It was very good, but the next time I think I'll use green cabbage. Who would've thought you could make gravy with gingersnaps. - 9/1/09

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Very Good!! Followed the recipe as written and it was great. It received an "Oh...wow!" from my teenage son. Thanks for the recipe..... :-) - 11/16/08

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I make this without using gingersnaps--I just use 2 T whole wheat flour and 1 tsp ginger to get the taste I want without the added sugar. - 2/19/10

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I love you !! This is the same way my grandma from germany made it... her recipes were lost and finding it here makes me want to cry (happy) tears ! she also used apples! - 8/25/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    My husband is from Bavaria and really likes this. I leave out the gingersnaps and thicken the sauce with a bit of cornstarch instead. - 8/25/09

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  • Very Good
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    This recipe will be repeated in our household. The ginger snaps added a nice flavor to the gravy. Next time I make it, I'll try the cider vinegar; thanks for the suggestion.

    Kat - 8/1/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I added more water very good - 3/23/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I loved this--remionded my of a favorite dish from a German resturant! Excellent. My husband and guests loved it too. - 3/30/08

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Great only addition was some nutmug to enhance the gingersnaps. - 1/24/08

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Easy and delicious. I made this in a crock pot using stew meat, and it came out moist and tender. I added carrots and potatoe for a meal.Even my anti-cabbage husband liked it. The gravy was great with the gingersnap cookies. We will definitely have this dinner again. - 1/2/10

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  • Very Good
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    This was a very good dish that all of the family enjoyed. - 10/20/08

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  • Very Good
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    We love this stew. Apples are a nice addition. - 3/20/08

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  • 7 of 9 people found this review helpful
    This was pretty good. I did not use the gingersnaps, I'm sure they are great,I bought them for the recipe, but I used beef broth instead of water, and after the sugar and vinegar, the sauce was so sweet already. Used a little cornstarch instead. Next time I will chop of the cabbage smaller. - 3/10/08

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  • Good
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I found this to be a little sweet, but it got my son to eat cabbage. :) - 10/10/07

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This was delicious! I was amazed at how the gingersnaps thickened the sauce and added flavor. A great way to do cabbage. I will definitely make again. - 8/28/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
    It was wonderful! I will do this again!
    Laura - 4/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    My husband and I loved this recipe! I did have trouble with portion control though. - 3/28/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    very good family enjoyed this meal very much - 3/21/09

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  • O.K.
    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Too much caraway. - 1/17/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    We made this the other day and it was absolutely marvelous - 11/18/08

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I used Omaha Steak beef tenderloin tips and shredded cabbage so was able to cook for only an hour total. I served it with wide noodles. Woulld increase the amount of gravy when serving with noodles. - 9/12/08

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  • Good
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Surprisingly good!! The Gingersnaps make the dish! - 1/27/08

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I'll make this again. It was yummy. Needs extra water,but sauce was wonderful. I browned the beef & onions, added vinegar,caraway, etc and used my pressure cooker- 15 minutes at pressure, cooled that, added the cabbage, cooked 10 min at pressure. Cooled then made the ginger snap gravy. 45 min total - 1/20/10

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    My husband and I both loved this recipe! Thanks! It was especially good as a reheated leftover. - 11/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I made this yesterday and LOVED it! Very interesting blend of tastes. I had the leftovers for lunch today and it was just as good, if not better! Definitely a keeper! Thank you! - 10/26/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I have made this three times in the last month. Everyone loves it! Once I used minute steaks, and twoce a pot roast. - 10/23/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This meal is fantastic ! You will have trouble keeping to portion size it is so good ! My husband wants me to serve it often, and I am delighted to do so ! I used crock pot. - 9/14/09

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    suggestions: add apple pieces, cut cabbage into smaller pieces, can add carrot or potatoe half hour before done. Everyone loved the ginger snaps. Thats what makes the gravy thick and delicious! - 8/11/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I made this recipe tonight, it was excellent. The next time I make it I'll try adding the apple as others suggested. My boyfriend is native German and loved it and has requested it again already. - 7/26/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This is a favorite recipe! We've always made Bavarian Beef, but this lower - fat, low cal version is as delicious as the original. - 7/3/09

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  • 5 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I cant wait to try this in my crockpot. Will add some potatoes and green beens for added color and vegetables. - 3/21/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Not a quick dish (meaning under an hour), but great if you are not strapped for time. Loved the corriander and gingersnaps added. - 9/28/08

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  • Very Good
    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This was great! We'd do it again, but we have to make sure we have 2.5 hours to spare! - 2/19/08

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This is real good, though a little too sweet for this former Bavarian's taste. I make it a little less sweet by adding a half teaspoon of fresh dill to the recipe. then I serve it with some Spaetzle and a GOOD German Doppelbock. - 5/16/10

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  • 4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This was very good -- will serve it next time over noodles or potatoes - 8/26/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    My husband even enjoyed it (except for the red cabbage). I loved it. - 8/25/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I have it on right now and snuck a taste...yum yum!! - 8/25/09

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    this is really good. My family likes to have it often. - 8/25/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Who ever thought ginger snaps would go in a meat dish! Super. - 7/22/09

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  • 4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I made this in t he crockpot today and it SMELLS outstanding. Hope I can wait for dinner time. - 10/2/08

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  • Very Good
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    again memories of my time in Stuttgart, wonderful scenery, darling quaint homes and oh the food, smacking my lips! Thanks for sharing, it was marvelus. - 9/28/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    very time consuming, but delicious!!!!!! - 6/3/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    My husband made this and it was wonderful. A little involved to make for the first time but worth it. Loved the gingersnap gravy! - 1/30/08

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  • Very Good
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Loved the flavors, very tasty
    - 1/28/08

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  • 4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I thought it had a different taste and I totally enjoyed it - 10/24/07

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    a very nice cold day meal...had to cook a little longer due to cabbage not being cooked thoroughly during the time specified in the recipe...next time I will shred the cabbage, so it will cook in the alloted time...overall...yummy for the tummy! - 1/23/10

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This is a KEEPER! I could not find red cabbage and had to use green cabbage, but it was still AMAZING. Hubby can't eat onion, so I portioned it out for myself and froze for homemade "Lean Cuisines" to take for lunch. - 10/26/09

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I tried this a couple of weeks ago. I used the crock pot also. It was sooo good! I was suprised at how thick the gravy turned out with the gingersnaps - 9/14/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This is great. Made it just like it said and it was fantastic. - 7/23/09

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  • 3 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I was all set to make this, as it looks so delicious, but then I saw the cholesterol count and decided against it. - 7/22/09

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I tried this today, but was not particularly fond of it. I do not think that I would try this again
    - 9/30/08

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  • Very Good
    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I will make again! - 9/28/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I LOVED IT SO VERY GOOD - 9/22/08

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    i tried this recepie and it tasted pretty good. even the kids liked it - 9/10/08

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  • 3 of 10 people found this review helpful
    This receipe sounds a lot like German Sauerbraten but with out soaking the meat in brine for 3 days. Red cabbage and green beans would go very well with this meal. I am planning to try it soon. it will be a hearty fall dinner. - 9/10/08

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  • 3 of 10 people found this review helpful
    sounds like a easy saurbraten type meal, i will make this. - 9/10/08

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  • O.K.
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Recipe was okay. We didn't care much for the texture of the meat. The gravy was too runny. I don't think I'll make this one again. - 7/31/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This was a very good dinner! My whole family enjoyed this dish. Will definitely make again! - 4/10/08

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  • Very Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    meat came out very tender and tasty. red cabbage was very good. - 2/7/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I made this & it was delicious! My son liked this a lot too. - 1/24/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    soo delicious! - 1/24/08

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  • Very Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Very tasty, would make it again, but might try adapting it to a nice roast. Grandaughter loved it! That's huge kudos - 9/30/07

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    this is great - 5/17/10

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    A must to make - I like the idea of the ginger snaps - 5/16/10

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  • 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This sound good but I would some more veggies in it - 5/16/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I added 2 cups water, potatoes & carrots. - 5/16/10

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Very Yummy! I used artificle sweatner to help reduce calories. It still tasted yummy. - 5/16/10

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Very good - 5/16/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Wonderful comfort food. I didn't even cut up the meat before cooking in the crockpot. Our house smelled fantastic all afternoon long. - 2/12/10

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Wow, wow, WOW-Simply fantastic! It was so easy to make and everyone in my family loved it. I followed the directions pretty much to the letter, except I diced the onions, cut the cabbage into smaller chunks and doubled the recipe. It definitely will become a go-to recipe for our family meals! - 10/27/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I really enjoyed this recipe. It was easy, and tasty...even my husband liked it! I will make this again! - 10/25/09

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Very Good.........a hit with the family too. - 10/23/09

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  • 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I added this to my cookbook immediately. I love cooked cabbage. I can eat it since I lost weight. I will try this the next time I visit my son. He loves his mom's home cooking and I am sure he will love this also. - 10/23/09

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  • 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    My husband is German, so I make this and variations of quit often. Delicious!! - 9/19/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I really liked this a lot. It'll stay in my repetoire of meals! - 9/28/08

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    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    delicious! - 9/28/08

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