THE KRAUT HOUSE

Kraut Haus 1

During vacation last week, my husband and I spent a couple days in the Camden, Maine area. On the way there, we stopped at Morse’s Kraut House (Haus), located in a very rural area in North Waldoboro. They sell all sorts of German food in their store (aka Morse’s Sauerkraut & European Deli) and also have a small dining area.

Usually we order our favorite meal, Sauerbraten, when we visit, but they were out of it by the time we arrived mid-afternoon. Instead, we enjoyed some kraut dogs in pretzel rolls and also some homemade potato-filled dumplings. Oh, and we ate plenty of pickles—they keep jars of different types, along with different flavors of mustards, on the tables for their patrons.

The hotdogs were so delicious, we had to buy some to bring home, along with pretzels shipped from Germany, a jar of their well-known sauerkraut, and some potato dumplings to go along with the crockpot sauerbraten I make weekly.

If you’re ever in that area and enjoy German food, it’s worth the visit. Check out their website at http://www.morsessauerkraut.com/

And if you ever want to make crockpot sauerbraten, below is the simple recipe (no marinating required). I do warn you, however, this is a very tangy, sweet/sour dish. If you’ve never had sauerbraten before, you might want to lighten up on the vinegar first-time around.

Crockpot SauerbratenKraut Haus 2

In crockpot, combine the following:

1 lb. stew meat
1 medium onion, sliced
2½ cups water
1½ cups red wine vinegar
12 whole cloves
6 bay leaves
6 whole peppercorns
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground ginger

Cover and cook for 8 hours on low or medium.

When done, strain liquid into big pot and also include cooked meat (discarding onions, cloves, bay leaves & peppercorns). Add one more cup of water and bring to a boil.

Add 2 cups crushed ginger snaps (I use Nabisco’s brand), stirring often, and continue to boil until desired consistency (thick, but still pourable is best).

It’s as simple as that!

Enjoy on bread or over potato dumplings, spaetzle, potato pancakes or noodles.

A great side to this meal is red cabbage or sauerkraut.

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