Muscadine Gastrique Recipe

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By Christina Cannon

Photography by Rich Smith

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1885

Melon Patch Farms Muscadine Gastrique

 

Ingredients

3 Tbsp. butter

1 shallot, minced

2 cups muscadines

1/2 cup syrah

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp. thyme, chopped

 

Directions

Melt 1 Tbsp. of butter in a small sauce pot. Add minced shallots and cook until translucent.

Halve muscadines and deseed them. Then, combine all remaining ingredients to the pot, excluding butter, and cook until muscadines are soft. Purée sauce and strain through a fine sieve. Add additional butter using residual heat from the sauce to slowly melt, which adds a nice gloss to the sauce’s finish.

 

 

Chef Sara White at 1885

 

 

“The muscadine gastrique blends sweet and sour to give a crispness and added flavor. It can brighten a chicken breast or cut through the fatty, almost spicy flavor that duck can have.” – Sara White, Chef

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muscadine gastrique on a chicken breast with okra in a cast iron skillet from 1885

Melon Patch Farms Muscadine Gastrique

1885
Course Sauce
Cuisine French

Equipment

  • Small sauce pot
  • Food processor or blender
  • Fine sieve

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 cups muscadines
  • ½ cup syrah
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp thyme, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Melt 1 Tbsp. of butter in a small sauce pot. Add minced shallots and cook until translucent.
  • Halve muscadines and deseed them. Then, combine all remaining ingredients to the pot, excluding butter, and cook until muscadines are soft.
  • Purée sauce and strain through a fine sieve.
  • Add additional butter using residual heat from the sauce to slowly melt, which adds a nice gloss to the sauce’s finish.

Notes

“The muscadine gastrique blends sweet and sour to give a crispness and added flavor. It can brighten a chicken breast or cut through the fatty, almost spicy flavor that duck can have.” – Sara White, Chef
Keyword 1885, 1885 grill, gastrique, melon patch farms, muscadine, muscadine gastrique, sauce recipe
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