|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 10g||13%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||30%|
|Total Carbohydrate 11g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 2mg||10%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The Charcutière sauce is a finishing sauce that originated in France and is made with onions, mustard, white wine, and chopped cornichons, then simmered in a basic demi-glace. Like any glace recipe, it does require some straining in the process. Made in around 30 minutes, this sauce is an ideal accompaniment for grilled pork, and other meat dishes.
Use it to impress your family and guests with your culinary skills. This sauce just adds so much to any meat—especially pork—that you use it with. This recipe is easy to scale down and cut in half if you don't need as much.
Gather the ingredients.
In a small bowl, combine sugar and lemon juice, and stir until sugar is dissolved.
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt butter and cook onions until soft and translucent.
Add wine, heat until liquid boils, lower heat a bit, and continue simmering until the liquid has reduced by two-thirds.
Add demi-glace, then lower heat to a simmer and reduce for about 10 minutes.
Strain through a mesh strainer. Add mustard and sugar-lemon mixture.
Garnish with chopped cornichons and serve right away.
- If you cook your meat in a large skillet, plan to prepare the sauce using the same skillet. Whatever you do, don't clean or wipe the skillet in between, as the juices from the cooked meat have carmelized and will provide an even more enhanced flavor and color to the sauce.
What Is a Demi-Glace?
A demi-glace is half brown stock combined with half brown sauce, which is then, once again, reduced by half. Demi-glace is the root of making many other kinds of sauces, including mushroom sauce, port wine sauce, or a red wine sauce. It can be used to amplify the flavor of soup, stews, and stir-fries also.
The process to make demi-glace can be quite intense and extensive, taking as long as eight hours to make. On the plus side, it does freeze quite beautifully, so you can always have some on hand. There is an easier way to making this sauce, which we provide you with our shortcut demi-glace recipe.