Saturday, June 11, 2011

Family Recipe: Soft-boiled Eggs with Mustard Sauce and Lemony Carrot Salad (Eier in Senfsoße)

I decided to include more childhood dishes and German food into my meal plan. Today's dinner was always a favorite of mine. I already mentioned that I am a sauce junkie, and mustard sauce is just great. Yes, American people, you heard correctly. Mustard can be so much more than just a condiment for your hot dog. I actually have a whole cookbook with recipes that use mustard. At home, we usually had mashed potatoes or boiled potatoes with this dish. If I had had more time, I there would have been homemade mashed potatoes. But today, the instant ones had to suffice. The mustard sauce also goes well with vegetables, fish, and meat. Unfortunately, when I was finally ready to take some pictures of dinner, the battery of the camera died. So the picture you see here is all I could manage. I should probably also mention that HubbyGrouch refuses to eat this dish for two reasons: First, he doesn't like egg dishes for dinner. For him, eggs are very much a breakfast "thing". Second, he doesn't particularly like this dish. LittleGrouch wasn't terribly keen on it this time, either. I guess this might become a dish for the days when there are only enough leftovers for one person.

1-2 large eggs per person
1 package instant mashed potatoes

20 g (1 1/2 tbsp) butter
20 g (2 1/2 tbsp) flour
300 ml (1 1/4 cup) broth of your choice
200 ml (5/6 cup) milk
1 tbsp medium mustard
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
salt and pepper

Carrot Salad
4-5 large carrots, grated
juice of 1 lemon

Toss together grated carrot and lemon juice. Season to taste with sugar, set aside. To prepare the sauce, melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in flour, whisking constantly. Continure whisking for about 2 minutes. Mix broth and milk, heat, then slowly add to flour, stirring constantly. Continue stirring and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute until thickened, remove from heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm. Prepare mashed potatoes as directed. Boil eggs to desired softness (about 3 1/2 minutes, depending on size). Peel the eggs and serve together with mashed potatoes, sauce, and salad.


  1. Oh, I love eggs in mustard sauce! My friend taught me to make it just before Christmas, and he definitely serves it with mashed potatoes. Yum, yum!

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  3. I'm not exactly keen on eggs, but I do love a good mustard sauce, so I'll have to try this one out sometime and see. Vielen dank! :)