German Christmas market mushrooms with garlic sauce is a dish that you can buy at the stalls of the Cologne Christmas markets, as I discovered. I bet you’ll want to make this dish at home, just like I did!
This time last year, I had just come back from visiting the Cologne Christmas Markets in Germany and had my first taste of German Christmas market mushrooms.
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I had such a fabulous time for many reasons: it was my first time at the German Christmas markets, two cousins came to visit me while I was there, and the food was fantastic.
I even wrote a post highlighting the Top 10 Edible Reasons to go to the German Christmas Markets.
You’ll see that one of those reasons is the German Christmas market mushrooms with garlic sauce. I had seen people lining up to order these and then eating them nearby.
As you can probably understand from seeing a close up of these beauties, why I was so smitten with them and the creamy deliciousness of the garlic sauce.
You probably already know that as I was eating them, I had already decided I was going to try to recreate this dish in my own kitchen.
I did ask the cook what was in the sauce and I gathered it was garlic and dill, since he didn’t speak English and I don’t speak German.
Another German recipe you may enjoy over the holidays: Zimtsterne.
The sauce I made tasted rather like the one in Germany although I didn’t put as much dill, and although mushrooms always taste good no matter how they are cooked, they definitely weren’t like the ones I had at the market. As you can see, there is some sort of reddish sauce with the German Christmas market mushrooms.
Until the time that I learn the proper way to make these, here is my version of the dish. I have made it several times now and although it’s not quite the same as eating it outside in a German Christmas market, it’s still so good!
This beautiful still life of German Christmas market mushrooms is by my talented friend, Lorna Lopez! Isn’t it fantastic? She’s fantastic both in front of, and behind the camera!
German Christmas Market Mushrooms
with Garlic Sauce (Recipe)
Inspired by a dish at the Cologne Christmas market serves 2
FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE BELOW
- extra virgin olive oil
- whole mushrooms
- sea salt
- black pepper, if desired
- heavy cream
- creme fraiche
- sea salt
Make the Garlic Sauce
Make the garlic sauce ahead of time, even the day before, if you like. Whisk the cream and creme fraîche together until smooth, then add the remaining ingredients. Chill for a minimum of 2 hours, so the flavors meld.
Prepare the German Christmas Market Mushrooms
Sauté the onion for about 4 minutes then add the mushrooms until cooked, add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
Serve the German mushrooms with the garlic sauce poured over the top, with a slice of bread in the side of the bowl (as served at the German Christmas market).
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- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 8 oz package of whole mushrooms, cleaned
- 1/2 small onion, minced
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- black pepper, if desired
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1/3 cup (5 1/2 oz) heavy cream
- 1/3 cup (5 1/2 oz) creme fraiche
- 1/2 tsp dill
- 1/4 tsp sea salt, to taste
- Make the garlic sauce ahead of time, even the day before, if you like. Whisk the cream and creme fraiche together until smooth, then add the remaining ingredients. Chill for a minimum of 2 hours, so the flavors meld.
- Sauté the onion for about 4 minutes then add the mushrooms until cooked, add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
- Serve the mushrooms, with the garlic sauce poured over the top, with a slice of bread in the side of the bowl (as served at the German Christmas market).
- Omit the garlic or dill for any dietary reasons.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 922mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is only estimated.
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German style mushrooms