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From Dorothy McNett's Recipe book at www.dorothymcnett.com. A classic basic Brown Sauce. This can be used for soups and also for the base of many delicious sauces for meats, poultry, and fish dishes.
8 cups good quality beef or vegetable stock
Heat the beef or vegetable stock and keep it warm. In heavy bottomed 3 quart saute pan or saucepan, heat butter or oil and then add pork, carrots, onion and garlic. Cook gently until the vegetables start to turn a golden brown, stirring often. Sprinkle with the flour, whisk well, and cook gently on a very low heat, stirring constantly until it takes on a good golden color. Add 2 cups of the hot stock, whisking well. When it begins to thicken a little, add the celery, parsley, thyme and bay leaf along with 4 cups of the hot stock. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, for about 2 hours or until it has reduced by about half. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and discard the solids. Add the liquids back to the pan, adding the tomato paste and the remaining stock. Cook gently for about 30-40 minutes more, or until it has reduced to approximately 4 cups and the flavors have developed.
Recipe created 2007-03-06.