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Pan Sauce for Steak, Pork Chops or Chicken

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Recipe Level: Basic | Recipe Speed: Quick | Season: All | Type: Condiment - Sauce | Diet: Omnivore

If you keep stock in your freezer, you can make a pan sauce at a moment's notice. It's a quick way to add incredible flavor to simple food.

  • A pan in which you've just cooked something flavorful, such as mushrooms, caramelized onions, or seared meat.
  • stock (meat stock works best, because it includes gelatin and collagen) 
  • butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • an acidic ingredient, such as vinegar or lemon juice
  • any other spices or herbs you desire
  1. While the pan is still hot, pour in a couple cups of stock (or more, depending on how much sauce you wish to make).
  2. Simmer the sauce and let it reduce until it thickens and has the consistency of a glaze.
  3. Turn off the pan, add a couple tablespoons of butter, and whisk until the butter is incorporated. This is called "mounting the sauce." When the butter has melted and been whisked in, the sauce will be nice and glossy, and thick.
  4. Taste the sauce, and season. It's great to use acidity and salt to balance out the flavors, and make them sing. Add a little bit at a time, tasting after each addition, until the sauce is glorious. 
  5. Serve over whatever you'd originally cooked in the pan, or anything that would be more delicious with sauce than without it.