Chapter 4 of 16 from Wolfgang Puck

Recipe: Veal Stock and Demi-Glace

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Countless recipes and sauces are within reach once you know how to make your own veal stock and demi-glace. Learn why you should roast your ingredients before making stock and how to transform your stock into a flavorful demi-glace.

Topics include: Mirepoix for Stock • Reducing and Deglazing • Demi-Glace

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One of the basics of making a good sauce is first to make a good stock. Now I'm going to show you how to make a great veal stock. And we're going to reduce the stock afterwards and make a demi-glace out of it. If you get some veal bones, it's really simple. Put them in a roasting pan or in a baking pan, whatever you have at home. And then roast them in the oven until they get nice and brown. You can see I have some here roasting already. I'm going to take them out now and add some mirepoix to it. All right. Let's put this down. So this could be any kind of bones if you want to, like chicken bones maybe or beef bones. But it's always the same thing. When you want to make a brown stock, you start with browning the bones really well. So at home, use old scraps. For example, if you cut the chicken, if you cut the veal, all the leftover bones, put them in a Ziploc in the freezer. And then you can make the stock when you have enough bones. Or you just go out and buy some bones. So then we add the mirepoix. What is in a mirepoix? Onions, carrots, celery. And then I'm going to add some pepper, some thyme, a little bit of garlic, and tomato paste, a little rosemary. With the bay leaf, you have to be very careful because they are very strong. So I'm only going to add-- one leaf is enough. When you do the vegetables, you don't even have to peel them. You wash them, and that's it. Cut them into pieces. All right. Here is the celery. So mirepoix does not have to be cut in exact, nice, small [INAUDIBLE].. So put that over the bone. Here we cut them in half like this, like this. All right. All about the same size. And then again, just cut them up. So we use the bigger carrots for that. And then we're going to do the onion. All right. So this is so simple, so easy. So you can do that at home. It just takes a little time to brown the bones. But you can put the oven at 500, and it goes pretty fast. All right. I don't even peel the onion. I just leave it with the skin on. All right. So that's what in cooking we call a mirepoix-- onions, celery, carrots. Now we're going to add a little thyme, a few sprigs, a sprig of rosemary, a bay leaf, and some black pepper, and a few garlic cloves. A head of garlic, if you want to separate the cloves, just with your hand slap it a little bit. And then you take out the cloves. No need to peel them for the stock because we're going to strain everything out anyway. Here we go. And now I'm going to put that back in the oven. So I want to brown the vegetables just like I browned the bones. But the bones take much longer to brown, so I put them in first. Then if you want, put a little oil on top. All right. And then back in the hot oven. Let's check our bones with the vegetables in the oven. They are roasti...

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Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck Teaches Cooking