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Green Peppercorn Sauce

By Judith Hausman, Urban Farm contributor

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Photo by Judith Hausman

This is a classic, French-style pan sauce, usually made from the fat and browned bits left from searing meat. However, this version doesn’t depend on having just cooked meat, so it’s great for bringing leftover beef, pork, chicken or even salmon to the next level. For my own meal, it sauced local, heritage-breed pork chops, originally cooked on the grill.

Of course, you could predict a rich, silky combination from cognac, cream and butter. It’s the briny green peppercorns that are the surprise. They are crunchy but moist, unlike the black peppercorns that you usually grind, and they have a bright bite that makes you want more… and then even a little more. 

Warm the sauce gently if you are using it over leftovers, or make it right in the pan if you have sautéed chicken, salmon, thin cuts of beef or pork chops. Beef broth is as good as chicken for the liquid. A little thyme or tarragon might be good in it, too. 

Servings: makes about 1/2 cup of sauce


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons green peppercorns (packed in brine or vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or cognac
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 1/2 cup homemade or no-salt-added chicken or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy (whipping) cream


Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shallot, the peppercorns and the butter, and cook for 30 seconds. Add the brandy, and use spatula or wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the saucepan. Stir to combine. Stir in the soy sauce.

Sprinkle the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for a minute or so. Add the broth, stir to combine and bring to a slow boil. Cook on low for 3 to 5 minutes, so the mixture is bubbling slowly. Add the cream, return to a simmer and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until the mixture becomes creamy. Serve warm.  

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That sounds really good!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 8/25/2014 11:18:00 PM

About the Blogger

Judith Hausman

Judith Hausman
As a long-time freelance food writer, Judith Hausman has written about every aspect of food, but local producers and artisanal traditions remain closest to her heart. Eating close to home takes this seasonal eater through a journey of delights and dilemmas, one tiny deck garden, farmers’ market discovery and easy-as-pie recipe at a time. She writes from a still-bucolic but ever-more-suburban town in the New York City 'burbs.

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