Recipe: Bavarian Beef with German Mustard

Prep. 25 min.

Cook: Low 8 hrs, High 4 hrs

Makes: 8 Servings

Slow Cooker:

3 1/2 or 4 quart


1  2 1/2-3 lb boneless beef chuck pot roast

4 carrots

2  Large onions, chopped

3/4  cup chopped kosher-style dill pickles

2  stalks celery, sliced

1/2  cup dry red wine or beef broth

1/3  cup German style mustard (see below)

1/2  tsp coarsely ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

2  bay leaves

1/4  cup beef broth or cold water

Hot cooked spaetzle or cooked noodles (optional)

Chopped  kosher-style dill pickles (optional)

Crisp-cooked and crumbled bacon (optional)


1. Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut meet to fit into slow cooker

2. In the slow cooker combine carrots, onions, the 3/4 cup pickles, and the celery. Place meet on top of vegetables.

3. In a small bowl combine wine, mustard, pepper cloves, and bay leaves. Pour over meat. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8-10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4-5 hours. Transfer meet to a serving platter. Cover with foil to keep warm.

4. For gravy, transfer vegetables and cooking liquid to a 2 quart saucepan. Skim off fat. Discard bay leaves. In a small bowl stir together broth water and flour. Stir into the mixture in saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Serve gravy with meat and vegetables. If desired, serve with hot cooked spaetzle or noodles and top with additional chopped pickles and bacon. 

This recipe is taken from Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Slow Cooker Recipes Volume 2.


Spiced German Mustard

By Olha


Yield: 1 cup


  1. Combine cold water, mustard seed and dry mustard in medium bowl. Cover. Let stand for about 3 hours until mixture thickens to a paste.
  2. Combine next 10 ingredients in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil on medium high. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often, until reduced by half. Add to mustard mixture. Stir. Transfer to blender or food processor. Pulse with on/off motion until mustard is slightly thickened but grains are still visible. Pour into small heavy saucepan or top of double boiler. Heat on medium low or over simmering water for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Remove from heat.
  3. Add honey. Stir well. Cool. Transfer to small bowl. Cover. Chill for 3 days. Spoon into sterile jar with tight fitting lid. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 year. Makes about 1 cup.

This recipe is from food.com Added December 22, 2005 | Recipe #149090

I served this meal with Roasted Cauliflower in Mustard and Sauerkraut. Then I used the left over mustard to dip my roast in, quite tasty.

Roast Cauliflower

Chopped into pieces

cover bottom of jelly roll pan with oil (I use coconut oil)

roast in oven at 400 F for 30-35 min.

Mix with warmed German Mustard.


Book Review: Invasion: A C.H.A.O.S. Novel by Jon S. Lewis



This is the first novel in the C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy written by comic book author, Jon Lewis. It introduces the reader to sixteen-year-old Colt whose parents die in soon into the book, and he is sent to live with his grandfather in Arizona where he meets up with his long time friend, Danielle and new friend Oz to find out how his parent died.

Their search reveals that a vast conspiracy by Trident Biotect. Their chips implanted in people’s brains to help them with seizures actually turns them into robots that are controlled by a group of evil aliens intent on destroying mankind and making earth their home. Colt’s mother was just about to expose these fiends before she was killed. Now Colt and his friends have to stop this plot before it’s too late for everyone.

I was a little disappointed in the spiritual aspect of this book. The characters went to church, but that was about as far as it went. On a positive note, the characters in this book are loyal, trustworthy, and kind. Colt chooses to do what is right even when he doesn’t want to, and when the opportunity presents itself, he is willing to lay down his life for his friends.

This book grabs your attention from the beginning making for a quick read. It is full of strange creatures, high-tech equipment, and fast-past action, yet their isn’t any negative aspects like crude jokes or rebellious teenagers. Perfect for a young boy who doesn’t like reading.

I got this book from Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze blog program. These opinions are my own.