Choron Sauce

Choron Sauce

The Choron sauce is a variation on the classic Bearnaise sauce made by adding tomato paste to the standard Bearnaise. It is used on grilled meat.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Heat an inch or two of water in a saucepan over a medium heat.
  3. Step 3

    In a separate saucepan, heat the vinegar, peppercorns, shallots. and half of the tarragon to a simmer and reduce until the mixture is nearly dry, with about 2 tablespoons of liquid remaining. Transfer the liquid to a glass or stainless steel bowl (not aluminum).
  4. Step 4

    Add the egg yolks and whisk continuously until the mixture is light and foamy (about 1 to 2 minutes).
  5. Step 5

    Set the bowl on top of the simmering saucepan of water, not allowing the hot water to touch the bottom of the bowl.
  6. Step 6

    Whisk the egg-vinegar mixture for a minute or two, until it is slightly thickened.
  7. Step 7

    Remove the bowl from the heat and begin adding the melted clarified butter, a few drops at a time, while whisking constantly (but not too quickly or the emulsion will break). As the sauce thickens, gradually increase the rate at which you add the butter.
  8. Step 8

    Once all of the butter is added, strain the sauce through a chinois into a new bowl. Stir in the chervil and the remaining tarragon. 
  9. Step 9

    Stir the tomato paste into the Béarnaise sauce.
  10. Step 10

    Season to taste with lemon juice and kosher salt.
  11. Step 11

    Serve right away, warm, over meat, fish, or vegetables.
  12. Step 12