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Espagnole Sauce Recipe

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Espagnole Sauce Recipe

Espagnole (pronounced like the word for Spanish: "español") is a basic brown sauce that is one of the five mother sauces of classical cuisine. It's also the starting point for the demi-glace, a rich and deeply flavorful sauce that is traditionally served with red meats.

Before you tackle the espagnole, you might want to review some of the basics of stock making:

You might also want to try this Shortcut Recipe for Demi-Glace.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 16 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup onions, diced
  • ¼ cup carrots, diced
  • ¼ cup celery, diced
  • 1 oz clarified butter
  • 1 oz all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups brown stock
  • 2 Tbsp tomato purée
  • -------- For Sachet: --------
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 3-4 fresh parsley stems

Preparation:

  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter over a medium heat until it becomes frothy.

  2. Add the mirepoix and sauté for a few minutes until it's lightly browned. Don't let it burn, though.

  3. With a wooden spoon, stir the flour into the mirepoix a little bit at a time, until it is fully incorporated and forms a thick paste or roux. Lower the heat and cook the roux for another five minutes or so, until it's light brown. Don't let it burn! The roux will have a slightly nutty aroma at this point.

  4. Using a wire whisk, slowly add the stock and tomato purée to the roux, whisking vigorously to make sure it's free of lumps.

  5. Bring to a boil, lower heat, add the sachet and simmer for about 50 minutes or until the total volume has reduced by about one-third, stirring frequently to make sure the sauce doesn't scorch at the bottom of the pan. Use a ladle to skim off any impurities that rise to the surface.

  6. Remove the sauce from the heat and retrieve the sachet. For an extra smooth consistency, carefully pour the sauce through a wire mesh strainer lined with a piece of cheesecloth.

  7. Serve hot. If not serving the sauce right away, keep it covered and warm until you're ready to use it.
Makes about 2 cups of Espagnole sauce.
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