Rolled Sauerbraten on a wooden cutting board with cabbage on the side

Rolled Sauerbraten with Spiced Cabbage

Although cooked quite traditionally, German Sauerbraten is then sliced paper thin, filled with caraway-spiced cabbage and rolled up for a perfect finger food in this Rolled Sauerbraten with Spiced Cabbage recipe.

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Rolled Sauerbraten on a wooden cutting board with cabbage on the side
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Rolled Sauerbraten with Spiced Cabbage

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Refrigerate Time1 d
Total Time1 d 1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Servings: 6
Calories: 826kcal
Author: Olga Miller


For the marinade:

  • 2 cups (230 g) thinly sliced onions, from about 1 large onion
  • 1 cup (130 g) carrots sliced into ¼-inch coins, from about 2 medium carrots
  • 2 cups (200 g) sliced celery, from about 2 stalks
  • cup (158 mL) red wine vinegar
  • 2-3 dried bay leaves
  • 6-8 whole cloves
  • 6-8 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons (24 g) coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (12 g) kosher or fine sea salt

For the sauerbraten:

  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) olive oil
  • 4 ounces (113 g) thick-cut bacon, diced
  • pounds (1 kg) beef bottom round roast
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup (115 g) thinly sliced onions, from about 1 small onion
  • 1 cup (240 mL) dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons (16 g) arrowroot starch/flour
  • Fresh parsley , for garnish

For the spiced cabbage:

  • 2-3 tablespoons (30-45 mL) olive oil
  • 1 cup (115 g) thinly sliced onions, from about 1 small onion
  • 5 cups (500 g) shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup (100 g) shredded carrots
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) minced garlic
  • 1-1½ tablespoons (7-10.5 g) caraway seeds
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (60 g) fresh spinach leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoons (15-30 mL) red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) raw honey, optional


  • Make the marinade: Put the onions, carrots and celery into a medium size pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the remaining marinade ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes. Cover and let cool.
  • Make the sauerbraten: Put the beef in another pot into which it just fits. Pour over the marinade, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator overnight or up to 3 days, turning the beef daily. Remove the beef from the marinade and dry thoroughly; set aside. Strain the marinade, reserving the liquid.
  • Rinse the pot in which the beef was marinated and use it to cook the bacon in olive oil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned but not crisp, 6-8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. Do not wipe out the pot.
  • Season the beef with salt and pepper and brown well on each side, adjusting the heat as necessary, about 2 minutes per side. Remove the beef and set aside. Add the sliced onions to the pot, season with a pinch of salt and pepper and cook until they begin to soften, 5-6 minutes. Return the bacon to the pot. Add the wine to deglaze the pot, stirring with a wooden spatula to dissolve any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Raise the heat to medium high and boil to reduce by half, 5-7 minutes. Return the beef to the pot, pour over the marinade liquid, add 1 cup of water and slowly bring to a boil. Cover, then simmer over low heat for 1½ - 2 hours, or until the beef is very tender. Remove the beef and keep warm. In a small cup, blend the arrowroot starch with 2 tablespoons cold water, add to the cooking liquid, and stir until thickened to a gravy. Do not boil.
  • Make the cabbage: In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook for 5-6 minutes or until translucent. Add the cabbage, carrots, garlic, caraway seeds, a large pinch of salt and pepper, and ⅓ cup water and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender and begins to brown. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vinegar and honey, if using. Adjust the seasonings, as needed.
  • Thinly slice the beef, spoon about 2-3 tablespoons of the cabbage filling into the middle of each piece of meat, roll up and secure with a cocktail skewer. Serve with the gravy. Garnish with parsley.


Nutrition Facts
Rolled Sauerbraten with Spiced Cabbage
Amount Per Serving
Calories 826 Calories from Fat 540
% Daily Value*
Fat 60g92%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Trans Fat 2g
Cholesterol 139mg46%
Sodium 1008mg42%
Potassium 1037mg30%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 8285IU166%
Vitamin C 37mg45%
Calcium 134mg13%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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