Quick & easy beurre blanc

Beurre Blanc

Serves 6

  • ½ shallot , or ½ a small white onion, finely chopped

  • 1 small glass dry white wine, (150ml)

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • 250 g butter

First of all, fill a vacuum flask with boiling water from the kettle. Put the shallot or onion, wine and vinegar in a small saucepan and boil down by three quarters. While it's reducing, cut the butter up into chunks – some small, some a little larger. When the liquid's reduced, empty the flask and pour the wine and vinegar mix into it (through a sieve if you don't want the onion pieces in the finished sauce).



Drop all the butter in on top of it and screw the lid on. Shake the flask vigorously for about a minute – all the butter will melt and merge with the wine and vinegar to make a lovely buttery sauce.



Add a little salt if it needs it and keep the lid screwed on until you're ready to serve. Give it a little shake before your pour.

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Quick & easy beurre blanc

My speedy way to rustle up the classic French sauce

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This is a classic French sauce I spent ages making when I was a trainee chef. Making it used to be a pain in the arse, but I've come up with the solution...

First of all, fill a vacuum flask with boiling water from the kettle. Put the shallot or onion, wine and vinegar in a small saucepan and boil down by three quarters. While it's reducing, cut the butter up into chunks – some small, some a little larger. When the liquid's reduced, empty the flask and pour the wine and vinegar mix into it (through a sieve if you don't want the onion pieces in the finished sauce).

Drop all the butter in on top of it and screw the lid on. Shake the flask vigorously for about a minute – all the butter will melt and merge with the wine and vinegar to make a lovely buttery sauce.

Add a little salt if it needs it and keep the lid screwed on until you're ready to serve. Give it a little shake before your pour.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 331
    17%
  • Carbs 1.1g
    0%
  • Sugar 0.9g 1%
  • Fat 34.3g 49%
  • Saturates 21.7g 108%
  • Protein 0.4g 1%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • ½ shallot , or ½ a small white onion, finely chopped

  • 1 small glass dry white wine, (150ml)

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • 250 g butter