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Homestyle Pan Sauces

with Martha Holmberg
Homestyle Pan Sauces
Capture layer upon layer of flavor in your pan sauces as accomplished chef and author Martha Holmberg dishes her strategies and secrets.

You’ll learn to balance flavors, build textures and create consistency in each sauce with Martha’s detailed instruction and time-saving tips. She demonstrates sautéing and reduction techniques applicable to a wide variety of recipes, as well as how to add dimension to each pan sauce by cutting, cooking and caramelizing an array of aromatics. Your dinner guests will be impressed by your mastery of mouthwatering gravy and jus. And as a bonus, you’ll go for a walk on the sweet side as Martha shows you how to make a delicious caramel sauce.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Meet Martha Holmberg & Get Started

  • Start sautéing with Martha and make a balsamic reduction sauce.


Lesson 2. Aromatics

  • Learn the right - and wrong - way to sauté garlic before making multiple reductions and adding different layers of aromatics.


Lesson 3. Chicken With Meyer Lemon & Caper Sauce

  • Create a zesty lemon and caper sauce perfect for coating chicken.


Lesson 4. Reduction Sauces

  • Learn how to use aromatics to enliven your sauces. Then dress a pasta with a light, lemony cream sauce.


Lesson 5. Gravy

  • Impress your friends and family with homemade gravy. Martha shows you how to separate the fat, make a roux, add broth and smooth out the texture.


Lesson 6. Jus

  • Learn to roast with jus in mind and deglaze with white wine as Martha guides you through the basis for all jus.


Lesson 7. Bonus: Salted Caramel Sauce

  • Satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth by learning the science behind caramelization and then creating this sweet sauce.

"What a wealth of sauce knowledge! I have tried to make a wine sauce to no avail but now .... I am looking forward to creating delicious sauces! Martha explained the theory and the camera captured what one was looking for before going to the next step, taking away the mystery of sauce making. A good sauce takes an ordinary meal to the next level. Fabulous job Martha and Craftsy!"
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