Bread sauce is a simple, yet classic British dish served on Christmas Day…
Christmas dinner isn’t complete without bread sauce! This bread sauce is SO good, your gran will never have to make her famous cranberry sauce ever again. (Sorry gran!) In fact, once you taste this bread sauce, you’ll want to put it on everything.
WHAT IS BREAD SAUCE?
Bread sauce is a classic British dish that dates back to medieval times. Back then, people would use bread to thicken their sauces, hence the name. Making bread sauce from scratch is very easy and comes together in less than 30 minutes (not to mention it tastes a million times better than any of the pre-made bread sauce mixes). It also uses every day ingredients like milk, butter and spices sitting in your cupboard.
HOW TO SERVE BREAD SAUCE
Bread sauce can accompany any kind of fowl (e.g. chicken, goose, etc.), but I prefer pouring this rich and creamy sauce over my roasted turkey. While it’s best served warm, it also tastes fabulous cold on a turkey sandwich the next day, that is if you have any bread sauce leftover.
HOW TO MAKE BREADCRUMBS
As the name suggests, bread sauce uses bread – but not sliced bread. Bread sauce is made with breadcrumbs, which is what gives it its thick texture. You can always buy pre-made breadcrumbs at the store, but making your own breadcrumbs is very easy and less expensive (and everyone can use a little extra money in their pockets around the holidays). It’s also a great way to use up old bread. To make your own breadcrumbs, cut up the bread and leave it out overnight. Before making the sauce, add the now stale bread to a food processor and pulse until you have coarse breadcrumbs.
If you forget to leave your bread out overnight, you can always cut the bread into chunks and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 120 C. After the bread is toasted, transfer to a food processor and pulse until you have coarse breadcrumbs.
No one likes suffering from gastro problems, especially around the holidays. My sister, Natalia, used to avoid milk because of the discomfort it caused her until she discovered a2 Milk™.
Unlike regular cow’s milk that contains both A1 and A2 protein, a2 Milk™ is a natural cow’s milk that only contains A2 protein. A2 protein tends to be easier for people to digest, while A1 is more difficult and can cause bloating, cramps and indigestion. Natalia’s been drinking and using a2 Milk™ to cook and bake for over a year now and can now enjoy all the dishes that include milk. In fact, she even prefers the taste over other milk alternatives.
Getting back to the recipe, traditional bread sauce is made with milk and cream, but a2 Milk™ still gives this bread sauce a rich, creamy texture and great taste. It’s also a great way to accommodate other family members with sensitive tummies!
This bread sauce is incredibly versatile and can easily be adjusted to suit your family’s taste preferences. For example, if you want a stronger onion flavour, slice the onion before adding it to the milk. Adding garlic is optional as well but gives a lovely flavour to your bread sauce.
Another reason I love this recipe: it can be prepared up to three days in advance, which means more time to spend with family and friends and less time in the kitchen. That’s what the holidays are about, right? When you’re ready to serve, reheat the bread sauce in the microwave or on the hob. Enjoy!
Bread sauce is a simple, yet classic British dish served on Christmas Day...
- 500 ml Milk
- 20 grams goat's butter
- 1 onion whole
- 2 garlic cloves
- 9 cloves
- 2 bay leaves
- 100 grams white breadcrumbs
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
Stud the onion all over with cloves.
Simmer milk with butter, onion and cloves, garlic and bay leaves.
Strain and return liquid into the pan. Add breadcrumbs and stir for a few more minutes. Season with nutmeg and salt and serve.
This recipe can be made 3 days in advance, and can be reheated either in the microwave or on the hob.
Disclaimer: a2 Milk™ is not suitable for cows’ milk protein allergy. If you have been medically diagnosed with any milk intolerance, seek advice from your doctor before use.
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