Sauerbraten Stew


1/2 cup water
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 pound boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
3/4 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
1 dash ground nutmeg
1 small onion, sliced
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons raisins
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons half-and-half cream
Hot cooked egg noodles


In a small saucepan, combine the water, vinegar and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved; cool. Sprinkle beef with salt, pepper and nutmeg; place in a large resealable plastic bag. Add onion, parsley, bay leaf and cooled marinade. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate overnight.

Drain, reserving 1/2 cup marinade. Discard bay leaf. Place the beef and reserved marinade in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours or until meat is tender.

Stir in raisins. Combine cornstarch and cream; stir into beef mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve over noodles.