Basic Butter Sauce

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Fabulous Food

By Gary Rhodes

Published 1997

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  • 250 g (9 oz) butter, chilled and cubed
  • 2 shallots or 1<


Melt a small knob of the butter and add the shallots or onion, star-anise, cardamom pods, bay leaf, if using, and a twist of black pepper. Cook for a few minutes, without letting the vegetables colour, until softened. Add the vinegar and reduce by three-quarters. Add the wine and reduce by three-quarters. Pour in the water or stock of your choice and reduce again by three-quarters. If using the