Easy Shortcut Demi-Glace Recipe

Easy Shortcut Demi-Glace Recipe

This demi-glace shortcut recipe will save you about eight hours in the kitchen. The secret is that you make it with store-bought beef stock (or broth).
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Place the bay leaf, thyme, parsley stems, and peppercorns on a square of cheesecloth.
  3. Step 3

    Tie it up into a bundle with cooking twine to create the sachet d'épices.
  4. Step 4

    In a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, heat the butter and add the chopped onions, celery, and carrots. Sauté for a couple of minutes, until the onions are partially translucent.
  5. Step 5

    Sprinkle in the flour and stir to form a paste. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently until the flour is lightly browned, but by no means burned.
  6. Step 6

    Whisk in 3 cups of the beef stock.
  7. Step 7

    Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Then lower the heat to a simmer , add the sachet, and reduce for about 20 minutes, or until the total volume has reduced by about a third.
  8. Step 8

    Remove the pan from the heat and retrieve the sachet (set it aside). Carefully pour the sauce through a wire mesh strainer lined with a piece of cheesecloth and use a spoon to gently push the sauce from the remnants of the mirepoix (the sautéed vegetables).
  9. Step 9

    Return the sauce to the pan, stir in the remaining 2 cups of stock, and return the sachet to the pot.
  10. Step 10

    Bring the pot back to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer. Simmer for about 50 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by half.
  11. Step 11

    Discard the sachet. Strain the sauce through a fresh piece of cheesecloth.
  12. Step 12

    If using the demi-glace as is for a dish, season to taste with kosher salt. When adding it to another sauce recipe, wait to season that sauce until the very end.