with braised abalone, and pumpkin confit.
A consommé is a clear soup made from veal, beef, poultry, fish, seafood or vegetables; it will have been strained and entirely free of any bits and pieces; even the tiniest pieces will have been removed. A consommé may be served hot, cold or jelled. To really enjoy a consommé do not order one when you are hungry or when you have been tasting a strongly flavored dish beforehand. Order a consommé at the beginning of the meal, before an hors d’œuvre or entrée; then you may enjoy the pristine taste.
Behind many of the great sauces and soups that you will find on French menus are variations of the consommés that may also be on your menu.
Consommés on French Menus:
Consommé Célestine – A vegetable consommé garnished with thin slices of a plain crepe. The name Célestine comes from a natural crystal, and is used as the name for many dishes in French cuisine though most have no relation one to the other.
Consommé de Bœuf et ses Quenelles à la Moelle – Beef consommé served with quenelles flavored with beef bone marrow. The quennels in this menu listing will be meatballs mixed with a pate chou pastry dough so that they will not be all meat. The dough makes the meatballs lighter and able to portray the flavor that the bone marrow brings. The original quennels were only made with pike, the fish; but, they became so popular that versions are now made with meat. poultry, other fish, and vegetables.
Chicken consommé with vegetable quennels.
Consommé de Canard au Poivre Timut – A duck consommé flavored with Timut pepper. Timut is a Nepalese pepper, similar to Szechuan pepper but with a grapefruit tang.
Consommé de Poule au Cerfeuil et Aromates – A chicken consommé flavored with chervil the herb, along with other herbs. A poule is an older chicken that is no longer is laying any eggs; they find new careers as boiling fowls. These older chickens have a great deal of flavor in their bones and are perfect for consommés and other soups where chicken plays an important part.
apple, black and white truffles, pasta and spinach
Consommé de Volaille et Brunoise de Légumes Racine – A chicken consommé served with brunoise cuts of root vegetables. The root vegetables used in French cuisine include turnips, (navets) parsnips (panais) and Swedes (chou-navets or rutabaga). French culinary tradition encourages the chef to show how a dish is prepared and served and the French Brunoise cut for vegetables is tiny squares about 2mm x 2mm x 2mm (1/16’ x 1/16” x 1/16”).
A consommé double, a double consommé; this is still a clear soup but has a rich, sometimes booming taste. Double consommés are the secret behind the preparation of many soups and sauces where they provide the underlying flavor.
Double Consommés on French Menus:
Consommé Double de Bœuf aux Xeres – A double beef consommé flavored with sherry.
Consommé Double de Homard – A double lobster consommé. This consommé is made with the shell of the two-clawed European lobster, a very close cousin of the North American or Maine lobster. It is the lobster’s shell alone that will be providing the taste, much like the bones used in meat or chicken consommés.
Cold and jelled consommés.
Consommés may also be served cold, and they will be on menus as a consommé froid, a chilled consommé, or as consommé glacé, a jelled consommé, both are beautiful in the summer; smooth and refreshing.
Cold, chilled and jelled consommés on French menus:
Consommé de Boeuf en Gelée – A cold jelled beef consommé.
Chilled tomato consomme.
Consommé Froid à la Chair de Tourteaux – A cold consommé made from the meat of the edible brown crab. This crab is the most popular in France and in season will be on nearly all seafood restaurant menus.
Consommé’s that are turned into velvety soups by the addition of cream and egg yolks added just before serving may be offered as veloutes, a separate group of soups, or as a consommé lié.
A consomme lie on a French menu:
Consommé Lié de Boeuf – A velvety, creamy, beef consommé.
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