Sunday, November 27, 2005

The Call of the Pan Yummies and Selles-sur-Cher

Okay, so I'm a freak. But after the Crown Roast episode we had a spectacular roasting pan filled with gooey crusty caramelized drippings, which I like to call "pan yummies." Normally you can use that to make a sauce, although for our T-day dinner, Eric had already made a brilliant classic brown sauce for the occasion.

But I couldn't possibly let those pan yummies go to waste -- it would be criminal to let all that marrow wash down the drain! So up early Saturday morning and haul out the equipment to make sauce.

It was mostly improvised with a lot of help from Eric, who is, after all, our sauce master. We deglazed with red wine -- a lot of it. ("Ooops! Was that too much?") Then I tossed in some chopped onions and celery (we always have a ton of it left over because a recipe will call for one stalk, but of course you have to buy a whole bunch.) There was tomato paste, beef broth, bay leaf, basically whatever we had on hand. and the whole thing simmered for a bit.

I made a roux ("Is it nutty enough smelling now? How about now? Now? What about now?") and we thickened. Then I got to use Eric's favorite implement, the chinois. Ahh.... smooth lovely creamy sauce. We corrected flavors with some lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Here's my sauce -- the dark one, and Eric's original, which was probably better suited to the pork roast. mine will be used for something. I don't know what -- but something....

And so another day of dirtying every pot in the house ....

And to reward ourselves for another job well done....some lovely Selles-sur-Cher goat cheese. Oh so good. We warmed this in the oven and it really brought out that tangy goatiness. Mmmmmmm....


Mahatmakain said...

Argle... snurg... *meeble meeble* "Oh Harsh and Brutal world! What crimes and misdemeanors fell from my wretched hand that I should be visited by cruel swift Justice! Alas! At my moment of departure, loot nigh and wheels ready, to be stricken senseless and FORGET mine bag!! Oh kill me now, and end this pointless suffering!!"

Yes, I forgot to bring my bag of food home. It kills me to even think of it. But what a great feast! Thanks to all who made it possible, especially the brave chefs who gave more than the mere materials they started with. Nice pics, too.

Cheers, y'all.


ME said...

Ah, I grieve for the woe-- Guess we'll just have to have another dinner!

(I hear there were some pretty happy poodles that benefited from your, um.. largesse though...)