When we received the Schlemmertopf as a wedding gift three years ago I knew it was going to be one of those things that sits in the back of my cabinet and used only occasionally, if at all. Fast forward to today, and I still have not broken it in. I think it’s something in the name that scares me- Schlemmertopf, sounds so industrial and complicated.
Digging through my cookbooks the other day I stumbled across the manual and recipe book that came with it. The title page touts “healthy cooking” and “easy cleaning.” I read through many of the recipes and they all sound so yummy so I am vowing this week to give it a try.
The Schlemmertopf is a clay roasting pot, glazed on the bottom (inside) to give it a non-stick surface. Food’s natural flavor and nutrients are retained as everything cooks in it’s natural juices. The bottom of the pot can be washed as normal dishes, either in the sink or dishwasher.
This week I will be making Sauerbraten, a recipe listed in the manual:
3 pounds beef shoulder
2 teaspoons salt, pepper
2 cups vinegar
2 cups water
1/2 cup sliced onion
2 carrots, sliced
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1/4 cup sugar
4 oz. sliced bacon
1 cup sweet cream
Rub meat with salt and pepper and place in bowl.
Heat vinegar, water, onion, bay leaves, peppercorns and sugar together.
Pour hot mixture over meat, cover bowl, and let stand in cool place 4 days, turning meat each day.
Drain, saving vinegar mixture.
Soak lid of Glazed Schlemmertopf.
Place bacon in bottom of Schlemmertopf, add meat and cover.
Put into cold oven and turn temperature to 425 degrees F.
Bake for 1 hour.
Add warm vinegar mixture and spices, return to oven, bake for another 60 minutes.
Remove meat and keep warm.
Pour strained gravy into saucepan and thicken with flour or corn starch, add cream.
You can find many other recipes at the Schlemmertopf website here, and also at other clay baker websites such as claybakers.org. I’ve seen some great sounding recipes that I am eager to try, including lowfat lasagna, creme brulee, baked ziti with turkey meatballs, banana cake, I could go on! I think I might even try making bread in my clay baker.
Time to go dust it off!