This sauce, invented by a certain Vincent La Chapelle in the 18th century, is probably a take on the ‘green sauce’ mentioned by Rabelais. These days sauce Vincent is a green mayonnaise, blended with cress, spinach, chervil, tarragon, sorrel, etc and a hard boiled egg. It goes with cold fish dishes and seafood: saumon à la parisienne is the classic sauce Vincent dish.
Beurre de Montpellier is similar, but uses butter and anchovies.
sauce Cambridge is said to be an anglicized version on Sauce Vincent, but asks for hard-boiled eggs pureed with oil, capers, anchovies, herbs, a little Cayenne and vinegar.
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