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Beef Demi-Glace

Beef Demi-Glace

Demi-glace, known more commonly in America as a "demi glaze", is a French brown sauce commonly used as a base for other sauces, such as the red wine reduction sauce noted here.

This recipe goes with Red Wine Reduction Sauce (Marchand du Vin)

Cooking Light APRIL 2009

  • Yield: 6 tablespoons (serving size: 1 tablespoon)


  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 pounds meaty beef bones (such as oxtail)
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 quarts cold water, divided
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped celery
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped carrot
  • 12 black peppercorns
  • 10 flat-leaf parsley sprigs
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves


1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Brush tomato paste evenly over the beef bones. Place bones in a shallow roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until slightly charred, turning after 20 minutes.

3. Place bones in a large stockpot. Carefully add 2 cups cold water to roasting pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Pour liquid from pan into stockpot. Add onion and remaining ingredients to pot. Add remaining 10 cups cold water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours; skim surface occasionally, discarding foam.

4. Strain stock through a fine sieve lined with cheesecloth into a large bowl; discard solids. Cool to room temperature. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.

5. Skim solidified fat from surface of stock; discard fat. Place stock in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until syrupy and reduced to 6 tablespoons (about 1 hour and 15 minutes), skimming foam from surface as needed.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 55
  • Fat: 2.6g
  • Saturated fat: 1.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 6.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 2.2g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 21mg
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Sodium: 83mg
  • Calcium: 10mg

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