- Evil Ronnie Jan 12, 2006 11:59 AM
Happy new year fellow hounds,
Anyone heard of Escoffier sauce? Is it a bottled condiment?
I may be wrong but it's not a condiment as far as I know.
I'm pretty sure it isn't one of the classic French Mother Sauce derivitives.
I have seen it listed in restaurants but usually as "Escoffier Sauce Robert" or "Escoffier Sauce Diable", etc. meaning Escoffier Style, Sauce Robert or Escoffier Style, Sauce Diable.
Escoffier was the king of French sauces -- "sauce Escoffier BLAH" is usually "BLAH sauce made in the style of Escoffier", as JMF said.
That said, I have seen "sauce Escoffier" in bottles in Europe -- the one I saw was in Sweden, labelled "ostron och äggulorsås" -- oyster-and-egg-yolk sauce, blech!
I found several references to Escoffier Sauce. It is basically mayonnaise, horseradish, and finely chopped walnuts, and the sauce is for meats and sometimes fish or potatos.
I have the Escoffier Cook Book and Guide to the Fine Art of Cookery, and the only thing that sounds like what you're asking about is the "Escoffier Devilled Sauce" or Sauce Diable Escoffier. There's a note saying that it may be purchased ready-made. I have no idea where since I've never seen it before.
It's essentially based on a devilled sauce recipe which is enhanced in the Escoffier style; in this case, an equal amount of softened butter is added to the devilled sauce made of shallots, white wine, Espagnole or brown sauce (in the book), and cayenne and then strained. Serve w/ grilled fish and meat. Sounds mighty tasty to me but looking at the sauce section in the book is giving me a headache...