Marmite consommé (PC)
You need to start this 2 days before you want to use it.
- 1kg unsalted butter
For the consommé
- 1kg onions, peeled and finely sliced
- 1kg leeks, white part only, finely sliced - you will need to buy about 1.75kg leeks with green parts on
- 500g carrots, scraped and finely sliced
- 750g red wine
- 250g cold tap water
For the beurre noisette
- Chop the butter into about 16 pieces.
- Melt over a gentle heat in a saucepan, whisking constantly until the solids are golden brown and the aroma changes from sweet to nutty.
- Remove from the heat and strain into the pressure cooker through a sieve lined with clean butter muslin or a J-cloth.
For the consommé
- Put the pressure cooker over a medium heat with the beurre noisette and sweat the onions, leeks and carrots for about 15 minutes until soft.
- Meanwhile, bring the red wine to the boil in a saucepan, then set alight to it using a long match or a barbecue lighter.
- When the flames have died down, reduce the wine until you are left with 500g.
- Add the wine with the tap water to the pressure cooker containing the vegetables.
- Secure the lid onto the pressure cooker and bring to full pressure over a high heat.
- Reduce the heat to low and cook for 1 hour.
- Remove from the heat and leave to cool completely before removing the lid.
- Strain the broth through butter muslin or a J cloth and refrigerate overnight to allow the butter to rise to the top and harden.
- Remove the butter and keep for melting over meat, fish or making sauces.
- Freeze and when needed, defrost through butter muslin and you will have a nice clear consommé.
- Slightly adapted from a recipe in Heston Blumenthal at Home
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