Minced Meat Sauce. Hakklihakaste

Minced Meat Sauce

We have saying: where are two Estonians, there are three opinions and four political parties ( and as added our president Kersti Kaljulaid .. five tweets and six Facebook posts and seven online headlines which has a different message.

I believe that on the internet there are at least billion food photos, And at the same time, I believe that at least half of it is staged and better than in real life.
In real life, we do not know, how and what people are eating.

When I talk about Estonians in my blog I certainly generalize.

One important topic is the sauce.  When I say: Estonians making the sauce. It means a different thing:
A friend told me, that there are only a few families who care cook some sauce. Most people do not make the sauce at all; some of them use a cold sauce, which means sour cream with some greens.

but I am about to tell you about the real warm Estonian sauce that makes Gordon Ramsay swoon.

To cook a typical Estonian sauce you should mix cold water with some flour and pour the mixture into the boiling cream or milk. and yes, there are different understandings and schools:) Some people prefer milk, some cream with 10% fat and some people cream with 35% fat,

And one more interesting fact. In Estonia, there are two words that can be used to call a ” sauce”. Similar to the English word ” sauce” we have ” soust”. ” soust” is more rustic and thicker,. The second word is “kaste”, which is coming from the words watering, moistening.
This is easy and very quick Sauce, which probably do not need any recipe. But, because this is very traditional in Estonian food-table, let it be:)

If you planning to serve this sauce with potatoes, rice or buckwheat, start with them, because this sauce takes max 10 minutes or even less.

Minced Meat Sauce

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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This is easy and very quick Sauce, which probably do not need any recipe. But, because this is very traditional in Estonian food-table, let it be:


  • 400 g minced meat ( 50% pork and 50% beef)
  • 1 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 200 ml 35% cream
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • salt, pepper, thyme, oil

Minced Meat Sauce


  1. Heat the oil in a skillet, and add onion, garlic and meat
  2. “Slice” meat using the pan shovel into small pieces. Heat meat till  white colour
  3. Add cream.
  4. Season with sour cream, salt, pepper and thyme

Soundtrack ” Nõia elu”



21 thoughts on “Minced Meat Sauce. Hakklihakaste

    1. 😀 about…. witches..:) ( who are cooking sauce 🙂 🙂 ) Have you read book by Otfried Preussler ” The Little Witch” ? In Estonia this song was soundtrack for this in TV.


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