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Traditional Frankfurter sauce with seven herbs, sour cream and yogurt. A light and refreshing spring dish.

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Frankfurter sauce is a famous German sauce, eaten in spring, mostly around Easter. Many people have it on Green Thursday before Easter, but we tend to have it later on in spring when the herbs in my garden are finally there again.

A traditional Frankfurter Sauce contains seven different herbs: borage (I know, funny name, never heard it in English before), chervil, cress, parsley, pimpinella, sorrel and chives. For the recipe today, I bought a mixed bunch containing all these herbs at the supermarket, so although I have made the Frankfurter sauce many times, this was the first time I have actually used all the traditional herbs. Not that I have anything against any of them, but since I have so many herbs in my garden anyway, I don’t feel the need to buy a pretty expensive bunch just for the luxury of having a couple of extra herbs in the sauce.

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So the idea is you can use all these herbs to make it really original, but don’t stress too much if you don’t find them all. Just take more from the herbs you already have or replace some other with herbs you like and have access to. My typical, no need to buy herbs would be lots of parsley and chives, borage, sorrel, a little bit of lovage and sometimes cress.

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I make the sauce with yogurt and some German sour cream with 10% fat. This makes it a very light, refreshing meal, perfect for the season. You will love the creaminess of the sauce and the aroma given by all these herbs. Boiled potatoes, some cooked eggs and a small piece of smoked trout (optional) make things complete. I am not sure about the similarity between the German and the American sour cream. The German one is a bit like crème fraiche but with a lower fat percentage. It is creamy and slightly tangy but not as tangy as yogurt, for instance. You can substitute the sour cream with crème fraiche, of course. And talking about yogurt I use the typical, creamy full-fat yogurt, but you could use a lower fat version (but not the no-fat thing), if you like.

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Frankfurter Sauce


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Serves: 4

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  • 1 very large bunch mixed herbs like parsley, chives, borage, cress, sorrel, pimpinella, chervil
  • 200 g/ 7 oz/ ¾ cup sour cream or crème fraiche
  • 500 g/ 17.6 oz/ 2 cups full-fat creamy yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon medium mustard
  • salt to taste
  • 4 eggs, to serve
  • 4 small smoked trout filets, to serve, optional
  • boiled potatoes, to serve
  1. Clean the herbs and pick the leaves from the stems. Chop them roughly and place them in the food processor. Add the sour cream, yogurt, sugar, mustard and salt and process until the herbs are finely chopped and everything is well mixed. Pour the mixture into a serving bowl and adjust the taste with more salt and even sugar or mustard if necessary. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
  2. Cook the potatoes. Cook the eggs to your liking, I cook mine for about 6 minutes. Serve the sauce with potatoes and eggs and the smoked trout, if you like.


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Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table 25/05/2016 - 20:01

This does look perfect for spring! So fresh and green, and you know I love that you added potatoes! I’m all about the smoked trout too – sounds like a great way to round it out!

Adina 28/05/2016 - 11:08

Smoked trout is not really traditional, but is a must for me, I just love it in this combo!

Nammi 26/05/2016 - 06:43

first time hearing about a frankfurter sauce , I thought it was just the sausage LOL, well thats the fun in blogging world you get to learn new cuisines and new food every day . As for your question about seer fish, I think you can use any nice firm fish that will hold its shape.

Adina 28/05/2016 - 11:10

That’s true, you can really learn a lot about new cuisines. Thank you for the info regarding the seer fish, I will try the recipe with some other firm fish.

Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com 26/05/2016 - 06:48

Green is such a lovely spring colour – love all the goodness of the herbs in the sauce ♡

Adina 28/05/2016 - 11:10

Thank you, Miriam! Nice of you to stop by!

Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen 26/05/2016 - 09:01

I have never had Frankfurter sauce before, but looking at your delicious pictures I so want this in my life. Love the sound of seven herbs + sour cream + yogurt. Indeed this would make a light and refreshing spring dish.

Adina 28/05/2016 - 11:11

It is indeed a very refreshing dish, perfect for this weather!


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