Sauce Bigarade

BROWN SAUCE WITH RED WINE AND SHALLOTS

An excellent sauce to serve with duck or game, Sauce Bigarade (sohs bee-gahr-ahd) takes quite a long time to prepare but it is well worth the trouble.

ABOUT

15 FLUID OUNCES

1 tablespoon butter

2 shallots, finely chopped

4 fl. oz. red wine

1 bay leaf

15 fl. oz. Demi-Glace Sauce juice and thinly pared rind of

1 orange

1 teaspoon redcurrant jelly

In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat. When the foam subsides, add the shallots and cook them, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes or until they are soft and translucent but not brown.

Add the wine and bay leaf and, stirring occasionally, cook for 5 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by about one- third. Stir in the demi-glace sauce. Add the orange juice and half of the orange rind. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the sauce for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, finely chop the remaining orange rind. Place the rind in a small saucepan and cover with water. Place the pan over high heat and bring the water to the boil. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and drain the rind.

Remove the pan containing the sauce from the heat. Strain the sauce into another medium-sized saucepan. Stir in the rind and the redcurrant jelly. Bring the sauce to the boil over moderate heat and, stirring occasionally, cook for 2 minutes or until the jelly has dissolved.

Remove the pan from the heat.

Pour the sauce into a warmed sauceboat and serve immediately.

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