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How to Make Au Jus with Beef Base

How to Make Au Jus with Beef Base

Au jus is a delightful, rich, flavorsome, and savory beef flavor gravy with a prominent place in French cuisine. Made from the beef base, au jus sauce is versatile and super easy to make. The word “au jus” means “juice” in French. So, in simple terms, it is a kind of sauce made from meat juice. It has the same natural flavor as the meat but is far richer and flavorsome.

Ingredient breakdown

Au Jus with Beef Base

  • Olive oil or any cooking oil: The main purpose is to sauté and caramelize the onions.
  • Red onion: You can also use a white onion if you prefer.
  • Garlic: It brings in a depth of flavor.
  • White wine: White wine is perfect for deglazing the pan. It brings in the acidity and flavor.
  • Worcestershire sauce: Worcestershire sauce has a fantastic umami flavor. It is the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and spicy. It brings in a depth of favors and you really don’t need any other ingredient after using this!
  • Beef broth: It is the main ingredient of the jus that sets the base. It brings in the beefy flavor that we all crave.
  • Beef base: The beef base is concentrated beef stock. It is more like a paste or syrup that has a robust beefy flavor. Although you can quickly get beef base from a grocery store or online, if you can’t find it, you can use Bouillon cubes mixed with broth as well.
  • Flour: Flour acts as a thickening agent and helps to create a thicker gravy. You can adjust the thickness by increasing or decreasing the amount of flour you use. If you are looking for a gluten-free ingredient, you can use corn starch instead of flour.

How to make au jus with beef base?

Au Jus with Beef Base

This recipe is super easy and only takes 20 minutes. Here are a few of the steps:

  1. Sauté onions in olive oil and cook them until they start to caramelize.
  2. Add garlic and continue to cook for a minute or two.
  3. Use white wine to deglaze the pan and bring out the flavor of the caramelized onion and garlic.
  4. Add Worcestershire sauce and mix well.
  5. Pour beef broth and beef base and stir.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil, and once it starts to boil, reduce the heat. Let it simmer for 3 minutes.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat and strain the broth.
  8. Return the strained broth to the saucepan at low flame, and add flour.
  9. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes until it starts to thicken up.

Can you store au jus?

Yes! You can store the leftovers by pouring it into an air-tight container and placing it in the refrigerator. It will last for up to 5 days. You can reheat it in either a microwave or on the stovetop.

You can also prepare au jus in advance and freeze it. When frozen properly, au jus lasts for up to 6 months. So, if you are a busy person, you can prepare it in a large batch, freeze it in an ice cube tray and then store the cubes in a plastic zip-lock bag. However, when freezing, don’t add the thickening agent to the au jus. You can add it once you heat it.

What to serve au jus with?

Au jus is super versatile and goes well with so many things. You can use it for beef gravy, a dip, soup, or a sauce. It also pairs nicely with red wine. Here are some ideas on what to serve with it:

  • Steaks: Au jus with pairs very well with steaks.
  • Roast: Whether it is a chicken roast or a prime rib, au jus goes well with all juicy roasts.
  • Rice: You can happily pair au jus with rice. It adds tones of flavors.
  • Noodles: Create a perfectly delicious and wholesome dinner bowl with noodles, meat, onion, and au jus on the top.
  • Sandwich or slider: Believe it or not, you can dip your French dip sandwich or roast beef in au jus. Try it! It is heavenly.

Au Jus Recipe

Au Jus Recipe

Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup red onion chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 1 ¾ tbsp beef base
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan, heat olive oil.
  • Add chopped red onions and cook until they start to caramelize.
  • Next, add minced garlic and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Deglaze the pan using white wine.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce and stir.
  • Pour beef broth and beef base and stir.
  • Bring it to a boil and reduce the heat to let it simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and strain the broth.
  • Return the strained broth to the saucepan, and add flour.
  • Let it simmer for about 5 minutes until the jus starts to thicken up.
  • Serve or keep warm in a crock pot or slow cooker until you are ready to serve.

Don’t Feel Like Cooking?

You can find Au Jus gravy mixes in your local grocery store or Amazon. Enjoy!

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