Berlin Beamtenstippe

Civil servants’ sauce is not an invention of modern times. Stippe is a sauce in which you can “dip” something. It was a poor people’s meal and at the end of the month this dish was also served to officials. Used food scraps were used to cook this sauce. This was accompanied by squashed potatoes with hot buttermilk and a little butter.

This sauce is also offered in the Berlin area and partly in Northern Germany. But today with higher quality ingredients like ground beef.

Beamtenstippe Menü

Recipe Beamtenstippe

A sauce not only to squash potatoes.
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Course: main dish
Cuisine: Berlin
Keyword: savoury
Difficulty: Beginner
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients & Shopping list

  • 150 g lean smoked bacon
  • 2 tbsp butter (or oil for frying)
  • 2 onions
  • 250 ml meat broth
  • 125 ml sour cream
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • Wine vinegar
  • salt, pepper, nutmeg (for seasoning)


  • Finely dice the smoked bacon and onions.
  • In a skillet, render butter or bacon hot and sauté onions and smoked bacon.
  • Add the flour and prepare a golden roux.
  • Add the meat broth and sour cream. Stir constantly. Simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  • Season the sauce with salt, pepper and freshly grated Musakat and season to taste.

Tips & Hints

Decorate with finely chopped chives. Serve the Berliner Beamtenstippe with boiled potatoes or mashed potatoes.
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