How to Prepare a Classic Charcutière Sauce
Charcutiere sauce is a variation of Sauce Robert with the addition of cornichons, a small tart pickle made from gherkin cucumbers. It is excellent on pork dishes.
If you look at its literal French translation, is "sauce of the pork butcher". So basically, what we have is one classic French sauce, Sauce Robert, with some diced cornichons added to it to make this dish.
You can make this sauce stand alone if for example you are grilling some pork chops or a pork tenderloin, but this is a great sauce for making a pan sauce. After pan frying a pork chop, remove the chop from the pan, deglaze the pan with wine or stock and start making the sauce.
Although this Charcutière Sauce is typically served with pork dishes, it works well with chicken and veal.
Charcutiere Sauce Recipe
- 1 shallot minced
- 2 ounces butter divided
- 2 ounces white wine
- 1 cup demi glace
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 4 cornichons diced
- ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- salt & pepper to taste
- Sauté the shallot in the butter until translucent.
- Add the white wine and reduce to a syrupy consistency.
- Add the demi glace, stir and reduce until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Stir in the mustard, cornichons, and lemon juice.
- Whisk in the remaining ounce of butter.
- Season with salt and pepper.
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Online Sources: Demi Glace
For those of you who do not want to make demi glace at home.Demi glace is the most important ingredient for making classic "restaurant quality" brown sauces. All the great French brown sauces use demi glace. But it can also be used in soups, stews and braises. It's something you can make at home but it takes a long, long time to do it right and if you make one mistake, it can easily be ruined. Lucky for us, there are now some great sources for commercial grade demi glace and I want to share a few with you now. Everyone has their preferences so I suggest you give each a try to find out which product you like best.
Savory Choice's Demi Glace
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