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Julia Child’s Brown Sauce

2017-07-31
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  • Posted on: Monday July 31, 2017
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A beautiful sauce that Julia claimed was one of the best savory sauces 

Beef Stock of Julia Child

About this recipe

A brown sauce that Julia uses for several dishes

This sauce starts with a roux and a long time of simmering with a stock

Beef Stock of Julia Child

Julia Child

Julia Child, we owe you respect

This is a recipe of Julia Child.

I have a great respect for Julia, for the dedication to French Cuisine and her huge work to assemble the French recipes and techniques in her book. She acquired her knowledge while living in Paris and studying at the Cordon Bleu de Paris
Julia Child

Her book, a masterpiece

Julia spent many years in Paris and discovered the French food, and upon attending the Cordon Bleu, learned about French cuisine techniques.

After she moved back to the United States, Julia Child wrote her book "Mastering the Art of French Cooking", a masterpiece that is still a best seller that you still can find nowadays in all bookstores in the states. What an impressive undertaking !
Julia Child
In fact, the book was written with two French ladies, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle.

These three ladies met in Paris and started an informal school "L'école des trois gourmandes" (The School of the Three Food Lovers).

When Julia appeared on television, she kept the same name on a sticker on her chest.

After writing her book, Julia appeared on American television in a series called "The French Chef"

Julia Child

Julia in Pasadena

I learned about Julia Child quite late : While I was living shortly in Pasadena for a class at the Cordon Bleu, my teachers mentioned Julia and her book.

Coincidence: Julia lived in Pasadena and studied at the Cordon Bleu (but that in Paris).

While in Pasadena, I decided to visit her place

House of Julia Child
625 Magnolia Avenue
Pasadena, California

Julia Child House in Pasadena
This house is not a museum but a private house
Julia Child House in Paris

Julia in Paris

And when I later visited Paris, (see my post HERE), I had to walk by the place she had been living in Paris...

House of Julia in Paris
81, rue de l'Université
75007 Paris
France
Julia Child Movie
You probably saw the movie about Julia Child "Julie and Julia", starring Meryl Streep et Amy Adams.

To see the movie, you may buy it on DVD for instance HERE

A movie that you must see, I insist !.

Meryl Streep plays Julia Child, and delivers a great acting performance, as always...

Julia Child Movie

The movie shows Julia's life, including her days at the Cordon Bleu Paris

Julia Child Movie

Here, this is a picture when Meryl Streep (Julia Child) first arrives in Paris

Julia Child Movie

The house of Julia, in the movie, is not 'rue de l'université' as I told you earlier, the movie location was a bit further, and of course I had to see it as well, as I enjoyed very much the movie !

House of Julia (movie)
10, Rue de Seine
75006 Paris
France

Julia Child Movie at rue de seine in Paris
Julia Child Movie
There are other film locations to discover while in Paris : This article talks about those places
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Source of the recipe

Julia Child's book is a must-have...
Beef Stock of Julia Child
I initially thought the book would not be very useful, to be honest. However I changed my mind : it is very useful ! Julia captured the traditional recipes, and this information is important to us, food lovers
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You can find the recipe on page 67

Recipes using Brown Sauce

Julia Child’s Sautéed Mushrooms in Madeira Sauce

All the recipes using Brown Sauce



Modifications to the original recipe

  • I use 3 Tablespoons or 40 g of

    Butter

    instead of 6 tablespoons

Ingredients

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⅓ Cup Carrots (45 grams)

⅓ Cup Onions (45 grams)

⅓ Cup Celery (45 grams)

3 Tablespoons Diced Ham (28 grams)

3 Tablespoons Butter (40 grams)

¼ Cup Flour (40 grams)

6 Cups Stock (1.36 kilograms)

2 tablespoons of Tomato Paste

1 pinch of Salt

1 pinch of Pepper

 Bouquet

A small quantity of Parsley

A small quantity of Thyme

1 Laurel (Bay) leaf

Steps

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Melt the the

Butter

(3 Tablespoons or 40 g) in a heavy pan,

on medium/high heat


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Cook the

Diced Ham

(3 Tablespoons or 28 g) and the

Carrots

(⅓ Cup or 45 g), the

Onions

(⅓ Cup or 45 g), the

Celery

(⅓ Cup or 45 g) (all minced)

on medium/high heat



Cook for

10 minutes

and give it a stir frequently

Beef Stock of Julia Child
Beef Stock of Julia Child

The Roux

Blend in the

Flour

(¼ Cup or 40 g) and stir continually for

10 minutes

(it actually took me less time to brown)
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the

Flour

should turn golden, “nut brown”, but not too dark !

Here’s the color you want to obtain

Beef Stock of Julia Child
Beef Stock of Julia Child
Blend in the

Stock

(6 Cups or 1.36 kg), and stir with a wire whip.
You may use Chicken stock or Beef stock from the groceries store, or use your own stock
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Add in the

Tomato Paste

(2 tablespoons) and the bouquet: the

Parsley

(A small quantity), the

Thyme

(A small quantity), the

Laurel (Bay) leaf

(1)

Cooking the sauce

Cook, partially covered,

on very low heat (simmer)



Beef Stock of Julia Child
Beef Stock of Julia Child
Cook for about

2 hours

, while giving it a stir from time to time

After

2 hours

, the color and the taste have developped

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Strain, pressing juice out of vegetables.

Correct seasoning with the

Salt

and the

Pepper



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Your sauce is ready to use ! Congrats !

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The result and the pix



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What to cook with...

Celery

,

5 spice powder

,

Almond extract

,

Almond paste

, Almond powder,

Almonds

, Avocado,

Basil

,

Beef

,

Beef stock

,

Brown sauce

,

Buttermilk

,

Candied orange

,

Cardamom

,

Carrots

, Chicken,

Chili powder

,

Chipotle

, Chocolate,

Chorizo

,

Choux dough

, Cilantro, Cinnamon,

Cloves

,

Cocoa Powder

,

Coconut

,

Coconut mousse

,

Cognac

,

Coriander powder

,

Crème fraiche

, Cumin,

Diced bacon

, Egg Whites, Egg yolks, Eggs,

Espelette pepper

,

Fennel

,

Fenugreek

,

Fermented milk

,

Fish

,

Fish stock

,

Fish stock

, Garlic,

Genoa bread

,

Gianduja

, Ginger,

Glucose

, Grand marnier,

Grand marnier ice cream

, Green onion,

Ham

,

Hazelnuts

,

Hoisin sauce

, Honey, Hot peppers,

Ice cream

,

Icing fondant

,

Inverted sugar

,

Italian meringue

,

Ketchup

,

Ladyfingers

,

Lamb

,

Lard

,

Laurel (bay) leaves

,

Leeks

,

Lemon

,

Lemon zests

,

Lobster

,

Madeira

,

Mango

,

Masa

,

Mascarpone

,

Mascarpone cream

,

Milk chocolate

,

Milk powder

,

Mint

,

Mushrooms

,

Nutmeg

,

Olives

, Onions,

Orange juice

,

Orange zests

, Oranges,

Palm sugar

, Paprika,

Parmesan cheese

, Parsley,

Pastis

,

Pastry dough

,

Pearl sugar

,

Peppers

,

Pistachio paste

,

Pistachios

,

Pork

,

Potatoes

,

Powdered anis

,

Puff dough

,

Rabbit

,

Raisins

,

Red wine

,

Rice

,

Rice vinegar

,

Ricotta cheese

,

Rosemary

,

Rum

,

Rye flour

,

Saffron

,

Salmon

,

Sausage

,

Sesame oil

,

Sesame seeds

,

Shallots

, Soy sauce,

Spinach leaves

,

Strawberries

, Thyme,

Tomato paste

,

Tomatoes

,

Tonka bean

,

Tuna fish

,

Turmeric

, Vanilla,

Vanilla sugar

,

Vegetable shortening (crisco)

, Whipping cream,

Whiskey

,

White wine

,

Whole flour

,

Worcestershire sauce

,

Yoghurt

,



⅓ Cup Carrots (45 g)

⅓ Cup Onions (45 g)

⅓ Cup Celery (45 g)

3 Tablespoons Diced Ham (28 g)

3 Tablespoons Butter (40 g)

¼ Cup Flour (40 g)

6 Cups Stock (1.36 kg)

2 tablespoons of Tomato Paste

1 pinch of Salt

1 pinch of Pepper

A small quantity of Parsley

A small quantity of Thyme

1 Laurel (Bay) leaf