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Beurre blanc sauce

Beurre blanc sauce

Beurre blanc sauce is a great classic of French cuisine, made with vinegar, white wine and shallots. It is a wonderful accompaniment for fish and shellfish.

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Last modified on: February 2nd 2012

For 250 g, you will need:

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
15 min.20 min.35 min.
Preservation:
A few minutes.
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Stage 1
5 min.
Beurre blanc sauce : Photo of step #1 Peel, rinse and chop 40 g shallot very finely.
Stage 2
20 min.
Beurre blanc sauce : Photo of step #2 Pour 60 ml dry white wine and 40 ml white (spirit) vinegar into a saucepan on medium heat. Salt and pepper, then add the chopped shallot.

Bring to the boil and leave to reduce gently by 3/4, until very little liquid is left.

You can add 2 tablespoons liquid cream at this stage, which is not essential, but - apparently - this is the secret of a successful beurre blanc.
Stage 3
Beurre blanc sauce : Photo of step #3 Turn down the heat and begin incorporating 250 g butter (very cold) gradually in small pieces, beating continuously.
Stage 4
Beurre blanc sauce : Photo of step #4 Only add more butter once the previous pieces have melted.
Stage 5
10 min.
Beurre blanc sauce : Photo of step #5 Continue until all the butter has been incorporated and you have a smooth sauce.

Check seasoning.
Stage 6
Beurre blanc sauce : Photo of step #6 Beurre blanc can be kept hot for a few minutes at 50°C (122°F), but not too long.

Serve in a sauce boat or on the plates.

Remarks

For a smoother sauce, you can finish the sauce by passing it through a fine strainer or sieve, to eliminate the bits of shallot, or use a blender.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

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And to drink?: A dry white wine with a small acidity like Muscadet for example.

Source

Nicolas's BEP cookery textbook.

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