Dunkle Soße Grundrezept

Dark Sauce Base

Learn how to prepare a perfect dark sauce base for the most delicious German gravies. This recipe does take a few hours cooking time, but only a few minutes of work.

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Brown Gravy Base

Angela Schofield
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Course Gravys & Sauces
Cuisine German
Servings 4 cups


  • 2 pounds meat bones pork and/or beef
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 large leek
  • 3 stalks celery
  • ¼ celery root head
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • ¼ cup red wine alternatively ¼ cup water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 whole juniper berries
  • 7 whole all spice
  • 2 cloves
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. salt


  • Heat oil in a large pot and roast meat bones on high heat until nicely browned.
  • In the meantime, quarter the onion and wash and cut all other vegetables into ½-inch size cubes.
  • Add the vegetables to the meat.
  • Roast for a few minutes and then add the garlic and tomato paste.
  • Deglaze with red wine and simmer until almost all liquid is gone.
  • Add water, salt and spices and bring to a boil.
  • Let simmer for about 4-5 hours. If necessary, add some more water.
  • Discard bones and strain the sauce through a colander into a bowl.
  • Freeze the sauce into ice cube trays or small plastic containers.