500 ml 2 cups Milk
2 tablespoons Butter
1 whole onion
2 garlic cloves
2 Bay Leaves
100 gr fresh breadcrumbs
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon table salt
How to Make Bread Sauce:
As the name suggests, bread sauce involves 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, put the now stale bread into 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.
This bread sauce is incredibly versatile and can easily be adjusted to suit your family’s taste.
For example, if you want a stronger onion flavor, slice the onion before adding it to the milk. Adding garlic is optional as well but gives a lovely flavor to your bread sauce. Another reason I love this recipe is that 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!
- Stud the onion all over with cloves.
- Over a low-medium heat, simmer the milk with butter, the onion with cloves, garlic, and bay leaves.
- Strain and return the liquid to the pan.
- Add breadcrumbs and stir for a few more minutes.
- Season with nutmeg and salt and serve.
Note: This recipe can be made 3 days in advance and can be reheated either in the microwave or on the hob.