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home style sauce

Making White sauce

Ménagère is household, and since all households are different, sauce ménagère can mean a number of things. Sauce blanche de la ménagère or sauce bâtarde (a roux with water, egg yolks and lemon) is what one might prepare at home as a lighter version of hollandaise or mousseline to go with artichokes or fish.

A sauce ménagère can also be a roux mixed with the stock of a dish, with the addition of herbs, and sometimes cornichons and crème fraîche.

Sauces and condiments

Text © Dana Facaros

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