I’m mad about French!

April 28, 2009 at 10:55 am 4 comments

I am having a great time reading about Julia Child’s experience in France in the book Julia Child My Life in France Highly recommend and it has gotten me to want to try all these proper french recipes!

My first attempt was at a classic beurre blanc and I followed the recipe that Julia mentions in the book. It is oh so good and very simple to make. Also goes great on anything! Poached salmon and green beans were the vessels I used but I would be willing to bet that beurre blanc would be awesome on steak, potatoes just about anything!

Ok so the recipe:

I halved the normal recipe as it was just for me. And sadly I was able to easily eat all of this, including one whole stick of butter, in 2 days. Yum.

Over a heavy enameled saucepan heat up:
1/8 cup of dry white wine (recommend drinking while doing this as well)
1/8 white wine vinegar
1 small shallot finely chopped
and cook until reduced by about half and is thick. then the fun part!
add in one stick of cold butter, one Tbsp at a time over very low heat and mix thoroughly. Add some salt and black pepper (they say to add white but I simply HATE white pepper) The sauce will become thick and rich. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes and the result is out of this world good.

Enjoy! My next attempt will be a Bouillabaisse (as in the book right now she is in Marseilles and enjoying all the seafood). I’ll post on this when the time comes.

I didn’t take my own photo of my meal but it almost looked like this. Except that mine was salmon instead of scallops. Use your imagination.
beurre-blanc

Rush.

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