Monday, January 4, 2010

Sauce Soubise

December 1959
by James A. Beard
Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings

1 1/2 cups Béchamel sauce
1/2 cup grated Gruyère cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup cooked puréed onion

To Béchamel sauce add Gruyère cheese, Parmesan cheese, and onion. Add salt and pepper to taste. Heat until flavors are thoroughly blended and the sauce is smooth.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Creamed Leeks With Tarragon, Tomato, And Bacon

2 slices of lean bacon, chopped fine
1 leek (about 1 pound), halved lengthwise, sliced thin crosswise, and washed well
1/2 cup finely chopped seeded tomato
3/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves or 1/4 teaspoon crumbled dried
1/3 cup half-and-half
1/3 cup chicken broth

In a skillet cook the bacon until it is crisp and transfer it to paper towels to drain.
In the fat remaining in the skillet cook the leek, covered, over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until it is softened, and stir in the tomato, the tarragon, the half-and-half, the broth, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring the liquid to a boil,cook the mixture over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until it is thickened, and stir in the bacon.