Microwave bread sauce

This super-quick sauce for meat frees up your hob and is much better than the shop-bought instant variety

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:5 mins
    Plus infusing
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 105
  • fat 5g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 13g
  • sugars 3g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 4g
  • salt 0.33g

Ingredients

  • 500ml whole milk
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf, preferably fresh
  • 1 tsp white peppercorns
  • 1 blade mace, or ¼ tsp ground mace
  • 100g white breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp double cream
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • knob of butter

Tip

Bay leaves
To extract the best flavour from a fresh bay leaf, firmly fold it in half or scrunch it in your hand to break the spine before adding it to the bowl. This releases the essential oils.
MPU 2

Method

  1. Combine the milk, onion, cloves, bay leaf, peppercorns and mace in a medium-sized microwaveable bowl. Place in the microwave and cook for 2 mins on High. Remove, cover with cling film and stand for 15 mins, or chill for up to 2 days if the milk’s sell-by date allows.

  2. When you’re ready to serve, strain the sauce, then return to the bowl. Add the breadcrumbs, place in the microwave again and cook for 3 mins on High. If the sauce is a bit lumpy, whisk until smooth, then stir in the cream, nutmeg and seasoning. Finish with a knob of butter.

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