Beef Consommé

Beef Consommé

Consommé is much heartier than a basic beef broth. This French recipe includes ground beef, eggs, and eggshells, making it unorthodox but delicious.
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  • Serves: 10 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    In a big ceramic bowl, whisk the peppercorns, egg whites, and eggshells until the mixture turns foamy. Reserve.
  3. Step 3

    Pulse together in a food processor the tomatoes, celery ribs, and ground beef. Pulse until it's just incorporated.
  4. Step 4

    In a large stockpot, combine the vegetable-beef mixture and the egg mixture, with the veal stock, thyme, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  5. Step 5

    Once all the solids have formed the raft on top, remove a piece of the raft on the side to allow you to see if all the impurities have risen to the top of the pot. Reduce the heat and simmer, without stirring, for 30 to 40 minutes. Do not disturb the raft as this might make your consommé cloudy.
  6. Step 6

    Once the cooking time is done, remove the pot from the heat and strain the liquid through a fine-mesh sieve lined with a double layer of cheesecloth . Discard the solids. Alternatively, ladle out all the consommé at the bottom by gently and slowly pressing the hole in the raft. In this version, you will also need to strain the liquid through a sieve lined with cheesecloth. If your strained consommé still has particles in it, pass it through a clean cheesecloth again.
  7. Step 7

    Serve hot and enjoy.