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).
- Serves: 8 persons
- For the Sachet d'Épices:
- 1bay leaf (dried)
- 1teaspoon dried thyme
- 6to 8 fresh parsley stems
- 8to 10 peppercorns (whole)
- For the Sauce:
- 2tablespoons/1 ounce clarified butter
- ½cup yellow onions (chopped)
- ¼cup celery (chopped)
- ¼cup carrots (chopped)
- ¼cup all-purpose flour
- 5cups beef stock (low sodium, divided)
- Optional: kosher salt (to taste)
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Place the bay leaf, thyme, parsley stems, and peppercorns on a square of cheesecloth.
Step 3Tie it up into a bundle with cooking twine to create the sachet d'épices.
Step 4In 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.
Step 5Sprinkle 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.
Step 6Whisk in 3 cups of the beef stock.
Step 7Bring 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.
Step 8Remove 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).
Step 9Return the sauce to the pan, stir in the remaining 2 cups of stock, and return the sachet to the pot.
Step 10Bring 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.
Step 11Discard the sachet. Strain the sauce through a fresh piece of cheesecloth.
Step 12If 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.