Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Best Green Sauce (Grüne Sosse) in Frankfurt, Germany

Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller with Gerbermühle Chef Jörg Ludwig

Green Sauce or Grüne Sosse, is a sauce made of 7 specific herbs: parsley, chives, cress, sorrel, chervil, borage, salad burnet, chopped fine, and mixed with a combination of sour cream, yoghurt or creme fraiche, a bit of oil, vinegar, and mustard, salt and pepper and then served over boiled potatoes with 2 hard-boiled eggs.

Grüne Sosse can be a full meal with just the potatoes and the hard-boiled eggs. Frankfurter Schnitzel is a Schnitzel topped with Grüne Sosse. I like Grüne Sosse with roast beef.

You buy the herbs in white paper packets at any food store; they are widely available during the season.

Pictures: Grüne Sosse (Source: and

The Winners in the 2014 Contest

Grüne Sosse tastes different in every restaurant as everyone seems to have his/her own recipe for it. Some chop the herbs with a knife, others us a blender or food processor; purists argue that is has to be chopped with a knife. Some also use mayonnaise, which I like, but not the purists. It may often have chopped up eggs in the sauce itself, which I like, but not everybody agrees with me.

The annual contest takes place over the course of a week in a large tent in the center of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, during the month of May. Every day, a day winner is chosen. On the last day, the six day winners compete in the final round for the overall winner and the 2 runners-up.

Here are the 2014 winners:

First Prize: Liebfrauenberger

Runners-up: Gerbermühle and Apfelwein Wagner

Other Day Winners: Buchscheer, Solzer, Müllers Buergerhaus (Rosbach-Rodheim), Historischer Gasthof zum Riesen (Seligenstadt)

Gerbermühle's Grüne Sosse

Gerbermühlstraße 105, 60594 Frankfurt am Main

Pictures: Gerbermühle, with Lorelei Schiller

Apfelwein Wagner

Schweizer Straße 71, 60594 Frankfurt am Main
+49 69 612565

Picture: Apfelwein Wagner in Sachsenhausen

Buchscheer's Grüne Sosse

Schwarzsteinkautweg 17, 60598 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
+49 69 635121

Pictures: Buchscheer, with Otto Schiller

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