Savoury coffee Christmas sauce

christmas-dinner-turkey-coffee-sauceHere at Rijo42, we like to be versatile with our coffee, so we’ve put together an extra way you can enjoy it on Christmas day – as a savoury gravy with your turkey! Adding coffee adds richness and depth to the flavour, and your friends and family will never guess the secret ingredient. This recipe produces a dark, glossy gravy that will also go nicely with darker meats such as beef.

You’ll need:

  • 3 good tablespoons wholegrain mustard
  • 2 large cloves of garlic
  • 6 – 8 shallots
  • 120ml red wine
    vegetable oil
  • 60ml very strong black coffee (espresso strength)
  • 30g soft brown sugar (Demerara)
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 240ml turkey stock (use the turkey giblets if you’re organised!)
  • 20g butter

What to do:

Peel and finely chop the shallots, and peel and crush the garlic. Put the shallots in a heavy-bottomed frying pan with a little vegetable oil and fry gently until pale golden brown. Add the garlic, mustard, wine, coffee, stock and seasoning and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down to a gentle simmer, and leave the liquid bubbling until reduced by half.

If you prefer a smooth sauce, sieve to remove the shallots. Season to taste, and stir in the butter and sugar before serving.

If you like a thicker gravy, towards the end of the cooking time put 40g butter and 40g plain flour in a separate pan and heat gently, stirring into combined into a thick paste. Pour the hot sauce mixture over the paste, and bring it to the boil, stirring until it’s smooth and thickened. Serve immediately.

This sauce is also great for using up leftover sausages on Boxing Day as part of a dish of ‘posh’ sausage and mash.

We’d like to thank all our customers for their support in 2015 and wish everyone a very merry Christmas from all at Rijo42.