Thursday, March 10, 2011

Egg and Caper Sauce

This is the perfect sauce to go with fish. Easy to make and adds a delicate touch to your dish. Thanks to Saveur for this recipe.


1 1⁄2 tbsp. butter
1 1⁄2 tbsp. flour
1 cup Fish Stock*
1⁄2 cup heavy cream
2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp. capers, rinsed and coarsely chopped
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
1. Melt butter in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly, until bubbling but not browned, about 2 minutes.
2. Gradually whisk in stock, then cream. Bring to a simmer, cook for 30 seconds, then remove from heat and set aside to cool for 5 minutes. (Sauce will thicken as it rests.)
3. Stir in eggs and capers. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm over lowest heat until ready to serve

*Fish Stock

Ask your fish shop for the bones and heads of medium-size fish—anything trimmed or fileted that day. The secret to this rich stock is roasting the vegetables and fish before putting them into the stockpot.
2 onions
4 carrots
4 stalks celery
2 tbsp. butter
Bones and heads of 4 medium-size fish
1 bottle dry white wine
6 whole peppercorns
1 large bouquet garni (4 sprigs parsley, 2 sprigs thyme, and a bay leaf, tied with kitchen twine or placed in cheesecloth)
1. Coarsely chop onions, carrots, and celery. Preheat oven to 350°. Melt butter in a roasting pan, then add vegetables and fish trimmings. Roast for 30 minutes.
2. Transfer to a large pot, add wine, peppercorns, bouquet garni, and salt to taste. Add 4 quarts water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook 2–3 hours. The stock should reduce by half.
3. Strain, discarding all solids. Then strain several more times though a coffee filter or cheesecloth. You should end up with 8 cups of richly flavored stock, ready to use. It will also keep, frozen, for up to 6 months

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