Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 55 mins

One of the most versatile of the "mother" sauces. Not sure why it fell out of fashion. Take the time and give it a try, you'll love it! I usually serve this over chicken, hence the chicken stock or veggies that have been lightly grilled.


  1. Warm stock in a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Melt butter in another pan. Stir in flour and cook about 3 minutes or so until bubbly. Gradually ass warmed stock, whisking constantly. Cook, uncovered, at a slow simmer for about 50 minutes to one hour, stirring occasionally, until reduced by one-third.
  3. Skim any foam that may have arisen to the top during cooking. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve. Keep hot in a top double boiler until ready to use. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  4. Serve over broiled chicken or lightly cooked vegetables.