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Word to Your Mother Sauce – Brown Stock

Yo yo yo!  Y’all missed me?  It’s your boy – Sir Mix-a-Lotta-Ingredients – coming back at y’all with another recipe. Seems The Food and Wine Hedonizzle is getting all lazy-assed on y’all and asked me to write another post on another mother sauce.  Lookie here, Sir Mix-a-Lotta-Ingredients is a lot of things – pimp, chef, rapper, automobile afficiado, ladies man – but sucka-assed fool isn’t one of them.  I told Hedonizzle that if I’m writing this shit, I better be seeing some dead presidents come my way.  Knowumsayin?  He being the reasonable type was quick to agree.

So the next Mother Sauce I’m going to write about is Espagnole, the French word for “Spanish”.  There’s no official explanation to why the hell they chose to call it that, they just do.   Some haters around here try to take the French out of it and call it just “brown sauce.”  But that’s like calling a Ferrari just “a car.”  Y’all ask me, if ya’ll want a name for something thick, rich, delicious, and dark brown y’all call it “Oprah.”

This isn’t that hard to make, but it takes a looooonnnggg time and there are more steps to it than the Cupid Shuffle.

So here’s what I’m gonna do.  I’m gonna teach y’all how to make brown stock as that’s the main component.  Then I’m gonna come back in a later post with how to actually make Espagnole.  And since the sucka’s gonna pay me per post, pretty soon I’m going to be knee-deep in bitches and benjamins.

Brown Stock

Adapted from my boy – Emeril Lagasse

  • 5 pounds of veal or beef bones
  • Small can of tomato paste
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • ½  cup chopped celery
  • ½  cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup red wine
  • About a dozen peppercorns
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 12 cups of water
  • Salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Roast the bones for an hour.
  3. Brush the bones with tomato paste, spread the vegetables over the bones, and roast another 30 minutes.
  4. Put the bones in a large stockpot.
  5. Deglaze the roasting pan with the wine, scraping off the browned bits with a wooden spoon.  
  6. Add to the bones along with the rest of the ingredients.  Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer for 4 hours.
  7. Strain it and toss the bones.

Let me let y’all in on a lil secret to storing stock for later use.  Way back when I was still learning my skillz, I’d store the stock like this:

Then I was got a tip from the finest-looking ladies that ever touched a frying pan – Martha Stewart. She showed your boy here how to do it up proper.  She said to put that shit into freezer bags, 4 cups at a time.  If you take out all the air, it’ll lay flat and not take up space in y’all’s freezer.

Alright, that’s it for now.  I gotta go bust up that fool Hedonizzle for my money.  Y’all come back for the Espagnole part.

Peace –

Sir Mix-a-Lotta-Ingredients

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7 comments on “Word to Your Mother Sauce – Brown Stock

  1. Socialkenny
    April 19, 2012

    Lmao hilarious post here!I can’t stop laughing.

    • pimpchef
      April 19, 2012

      Thank you!

  2. thefoodandwinehedonist
    April 19, 2012

    Oprah? Martha Stewart? A little old there, but to each his own. But will my paying you for these posts interfere with your Social Security checks?

    • pimpchef
      April 19, 2012

      Sez the man who thinks that that Mila Kunis and her skinny ass is hawt. And look who’s talking about old – you got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel.

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