Martha Stewart's recipe for sauerbraten involves cooking beef with onions, garlic, tomato paste and red wine. A sauerbraten recipe from MyRecipes calls for beef, onion, red wine vinegar, sugar and spices.
To prepare sauerbraten according to Martha Stewart's recipe, sprinkle a 4-pound beef round with salt and black pepper, and secure it with twine before browning it in a large pot. Set the beef aside on a plate. Gently cook two sliced onions and four chopped garlic cloves until they are tender. Stir in 1/4 cup each of tomato paste and ketchup, two bay leaves, 1 cup of red wine vinegar and 2 cups of red wine.
Bring the mixture to a boil before transferring the beef back into the pot and pouring in 2 cups of water. Cover the pot, and simmer the mixture for one hour. Flip the beef, and cook it for another 90 minutes. Let the beef rest before slicing it. Incorporate 1/4 cup of sour cream into the tomato sauce, and serve it on top of the meat.
To make sauerbraten according to MyRecipes, brown a 4-pound chuck roast in a large pot. Combine 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1/2 tablespoon of salt, 1 teaspoon each of ground pepper and ginger, and 1/8 teaspoon each of ground cloves and allspice in a bowl. Stir in one bay leaf, 3/4 cup of chopped onion, 1 cup of water and 2/3 cup of red wine vinegar. Add this mixture to the pot.
Cover the pot, and simmer for 90 minutes or until the beef is tender. Place the beef on a plate. Combine 3 tablespoons of flour with 1/2 cup of water, and whisk the slurry into the pot. Cook the sauce until it thickens, and serve it over the meat.