Suprême sauce

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Suprême sauce
Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Fiddlehead Ferns and Sauce Supreme.jpg
Pan-roasted chicken breasts, garlic mashed potatoes, fiddlehead ferns and suprême sauce
Place of originFrance
Main ingredientsVelouté sauce, cream or crème fraîche

Suprême sauce is a classic and popular "daughter sauce" of French cuisine. It is made from mother sauce velouté, then thickened with cream.[1]


According the Larousse Gastronomique, a seminal work of French haute cuisine, first published in 1938, suprême sauce is made from the mother sauce velouté (white stock thickened with a white roux[2]—in the case of suprême sauce, chicken stock is usually preferred), reduced with heavy cream or crème fraîche, and then strained through a fine sieve.

A light squeeze of lemon juice is commonly added. In many cases, chefs also choose to add finely chopped and lightly sautéed mushrooms to the dish, although this was not specifically mentioned in Larousse Gastronomique or by Auguste Escoffier, the "Emperor of the World's Kitchens", who was an arbiter of classic French cuisine.[3]

It is possible to make a similar sauce to pass for sauce suprême by taking béchamel sauce (a classic mother sauce made with butter, flour and milk), with a poultry stock (effectively a shortcut to making a velouté by combining the roux and stock elements) and butter.

The Cook's Decameron suggests the following recipe: the sauce is made by placing three-quarters of a pint (350ml) of white sauce into a saucepan, and when it is nearly boiling, adding half a cup (120 ml) of concentrated fowl stock. It should then be reduced until the sauce is quite thick, passed through a chinois strainer into a bain-marie and have added two tablespoons (30 ml) of cream.[4]

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  1. ^ "24 Sauce Suprême from Le Guide Culinaire by Auguste Escoffier". Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  2. ^ "Learn how to make Velouté sauce – one of the five French mother sauces". Escoffier Online. 2020-02-19. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  3. ^ "Restodontê | Café Bombado: o café com óleo de coco". Restodontê (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  4. ^ Waters, Mrs. W. G. (William George), The Cook's Decameron: A Study In Taste, Containing Over Two Hundred Recipes For Italian Dishes, a public-domain cookbook.