French Sauce Names Explained

French Sauce Names Explained

Béchamel – butter, a little flour and creamy milk. Can be flavoured with stock, vegetables, mushrooms etc, but is far richer and tastier than the British ‘white sauce’, which is made with water.
Bérnaise – egg yolk, vinegar, herbs, pepper and shallots.
Bordelaise – onions, shallots, garlic and lots of ceps, which can be cooked with wine, stock and/ or a Béchamel sauce.
Chasseur – carrots, shallots, garlic and parsley, all minced up in a rich stock.
Gribiche – emulsified hard-boiled egg yolks, mustard, chopped pickled cucumbers, capers, parsley, chervil and tarragon
Marseillaise – shallots, lots of garlic, olive oil, paprika and stock.
Mornay – Béchamel with gruyère cheese, and sometimes mushroom stock.
Perpignan – stock, dried ham, truffles, mushrooms, herbs and madeira.
Périgourdine / Périgueux – Like Perpignan sauce, but with white wine, and no herbs or mushroom.
Provençal – tomatoes, herbs, onions, garlic, olive oil.
Robert – white wine, stock, herbs, tomato purée, and mustard.

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Gemma is a food writer, who lived in France for eight years, and now divides her time between her cottage in the rural Dordogne and her home in the UK.

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