where to buy demi glace in SEA?
- allisonw Dec 2, 2008 02:36 PM
I saw the piece in this month's Saveur and want to buy some premade demiglace. I tried to mail order from one of their recommendations but the shipping was considerably more than the order. Does anyone know a source for good premade demiglace in the Seattle area?
Best bet (which I have had success with) is 'Stock Options' veal or beef demiglace and is available at most Whole Foods in the frozen foods section. 8 oz. containers are about $7 or 8 each. and one container would probably reduce down to 2 decent servings (it's not fully concentrated like a finished demi., more like a good, rich stock for a starting point.).
I slowly caramelize some onion, carrot, celery, tiny bit of garlic (1/4 clove), a pinch of tomato paste, fresh thyme, bay leaf, peppercorns, and a tiny sprig of rosemary (1/2 in. at most) in a little bit of oil or butter, then deglaze with a splash of brandy or cognac, a splash of red wine vinegar, reduce that, add most of a whole bottle of cheap red wine, reduce that to almost dry, then add about 2 or 3 containers of the stock options demiglace. Reduce that to a glossy, syrupy consistency, strain, and whisk in some unsalted butter to finish. Salt is usually unnecessary but you can always taste the sauce and add a little if needed. Or use a sprinkle of fleur de sel on top of your finished dish.
That is the basic technique French restaurants use for a standard 'red wine demi', and you can play with that by using different types of aromatics, dried fruit, wine, booze, herbs, etc. Enjoy!