We had roast lamb on Christmas Day and I made what I consider the traditional accompaniment, onion sauce. I did buy some mint to also make mint sauce, but unfortunately I forgot and so there was only onion sauce on offer… which only I ate… My version of onion sauce has the onions very gently cooked in butter to be soft but not browned, and then made into a sauce with plain flour, milk seasoning and a splash of sherry. Unfortunately I had no sherry so used port which made it pink… and not as appetising somehow. It tasted fine… but as I said, none of the family shared it so I now have quite a lot left – cream of onion soup I think! There are lots of ways to make it; my cousin who makes very fine onion sauce boils the onions in a little water then uses some or all of it to add to the sauce.

I didn’t realise that onion sauce – especially if puréed or blended (which never occurred to me) is called soubise; I wonder if my family would be more impressed if I called it soubise, and I wonder if the texture might be more pleasing if I did blend it? Maybe I should try this with the ordinary onion sauce I have left over… or maybe I should just make cream of onion soup!

And by the by… according to Wikipedia the word soubise can be asaociated with:

  • Soubise, a salpicon of cooked and pureed rice and onions; used primarily “au gratin”
  • Soubise sauce is based on Béchamel sauce, with the addition of a soubise of onion and rice purée.
  • Soubise, Charente-Maritime, a commune of the Charente-Maritime département, in France
  • Benjamin, Duke of Soubise (? 1580-1642), Huguenot leader
  • Charles, Prince of Soubise (1715–1787), peer and Marshal of France
  • Julius Soubise (1754–1798), freed Afro-Caribbean slave and noted British fop
  • Prince of Soubise
  • Princess of Soubise
  • Hôtel de Soubise, a Parisian mansion

By the way, in case you were wondering – a salpicon or salpicón, means a mixture, hotchpotch or medley in Spanish and refers to a mixture of different foods chopped up small and stirred into a sauce.

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