How to Make a Restaurant Quality Espagnole Sauce
Brown sauce is one of French cuisine's five “Grand” or “Mother” sauces, the other four being béchamel, tomato, velouté and hollandaise. A Grand sauce is a base sauce from which many derivative sauces are made.
Brown sauce, as the name implies, is a brown-colored sauce made from beef or veal stock, which is viscous and deeply flavored by meat and aromatic vegetables. Brown sauce is also known as Espagnole, the French word for Spanish. It is a hearty sauce best served with hearty fare and robust red wines.
Espagnole Sauce or Brown Sauce
- Melt the butter over medium heat in a small stockpot. Add the flour and cook, stirring frequently, until a golden color is achieved.
- Slowly add the stock, constantly whisking until it is incorporated.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Bring the sauce to a gentle simmer and cook for at least one hour, skimming the surface as necessary.
- Strain through cheesecloth when finished.
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