No. 8. Tarragon Sauce Recipe

Tarragon Sauce, also known as Sauce à l'estragon, is a classic French sauce that has been enjoyed for centuries. It is a versatile sauce that complements a variety of dishes, adding a burst of bright and refreshing flavors. This sauce is simple to make, requiring only a few ingredients such as tarragon, stock, butter, and flour.

Tarragon, the star ingredient of this sauce, is an herb with a unique and distinct flavor. It has a subtle licorice-like taste, which adds a delightful twist to any dish. Tarragon is commonly used in French cuisine and is often paired with fish, chicken, or eggs. Its fragrant aroma and delicate taste make it a popular choice for creating flavorful sauces like Tarragon Sauce.

To begin making Tarragon Sauce, gather the following ingredients:

- 2 sprays of fresh tarragon
- ½ pint of good stock (chicken or vegetable)
- 1 ounce of butter
- 3 dessert-spoonsful of flour
- 1 teaspoon of finely chopped tarragon

Now, let's get started with preparing this delightful sauce:

1. In a stewpan, add the 2 sprays of fresh tarragon to the half pint of stock. Simmer the mixture for about 15 minutes with the lid on. This will allow the tarragon's flavor to infuse into the stock, creating a rich and aromatic base.

2. In a separate stewpan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and mix it well with the butter. Stir continuously to create a smooth and consistent mixture. This mixture is called a roux and will act as a thickening agent for the sauce.

3. Gradually pour the tarragon-infused stock from the first stewpan over the butter and flour mixture (roux). Be sure to remove the tarragon sprays from the stock as you do this. Continuously whisk the mixture to prevent lumps from forming.

4. Once all the stock has been added, continue whisking the sauce until it thickens. This should take approximately 2 minutes. The sauce should have a smooth and velvety consistency.

5. Finally, add the teaspoon of finely chopped tarragon to the sauce. This will enhance the flavor and add a touch of freshness. Allow the sauce to simmer for an additional minute or two to allow the flavors to meld together.

Congratulations! You have successfully prepared a delicious Tarragon Sauce. This sauce can be served warm or cold, depending on your preference and the dish you are pairing it with. It pairs exceptionally well with roasted chicken, grilled fish, or even steamed vegetables. Drizzle the sauce over your chosen dish or serve it as a side sauce for dipping.

Fun Fact: Tarragon is believed to have originated in Central Asia and was introduced to Europe during the Crusades. It quickly gained popularity in France, where it became a staple herb in French cuisine.

Similar recipe dishes that you might enjoy include Béarnaise Sauce, which is another classic French sauce similar to Tarragon Sauce but with the addition of vinegar, egg yolks, and shallots. Béarnaise Sauce is often served with steak or grilled meats, adding a luxurious touch to the dish. Another similar sauce is Hollandaise Sauce, which also uses egg yolks and butter as its base. Hollandaise Sauce is perfect for pairing with eggs Benedict or steamed vegetables.

Tarragon Sauce is a delightful addition to any meal, adding a burst of flavor and freshness. Its simple preparation and versatile nature make it a go-to sauce for both novice and experienced cooks. So, the next time you want to elevate your dish, give the Tarragon Sauce a try and savor the deliciousness it brings.



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