Saturday, 19 March 2016

Frankfurter Grüne Sauce - fresh Herb Sauce -

This is a world heritage food of Frankfurt, Germany. But not only people there love it, it is eaten all over Hessen. In northern regions and in the more rural areas it is a white sauce with fresh herbs, in Frankfurt it is a green sauce with mixed in herbs.

They all  have in common, that this sauce need 7 herbs, weight out in special portions, so that not one herb overwhelms the others.
But when you love fresh herbs and have an abundance of them, it is the right of the house to change what goes in it.

The spring is on its way, when we get our 7 herbs in a package at the market. It still takes a lot of time until we can harvest them in our gardens or from balconies. The tale is told, that Johann Wolfgang Goethe loved this sauce so much, that it was made in his household regularly.
History shows that the Huguenots, who fled from France in the 1700s brought their recipe with them and many of them found new homes in Hessen, so the sauce became a tradition here.

7 herbs
total of herbs 250 g
garden sorrel

4 eggs hard boiled

400 g Greek Yogurt
200 g curd
1 tbsp rape seed oil
1 tsp white wine vinegar
a pinch of pepper and salt

You can add 3 tbsp of Mayonnaise to the mix, if you like it more creamy. But be warned, there are as many recipes of that sauce , as there are people preparing it. But who cares, it is always tasty.

In the Frankfurt variety of the sauce, you have the eggs to the side and eat them with the sauce. Our family had the eggs chopped up and in the sauce as long as I can remember it.

Eat it with new potatoes. And when you look for a fancy meal, you can serve the sauce with some boiled beef.
this is the Frankfurt style green sauce
the fancy version with boiled beef
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1 comment:

  1. I really like this fresh Herb Sauce and even loved the idea. It would bring some taste to my bland diet food. Thanks for the recipe. I take herbal Green drink too as they give me lots of energy for the whole day.