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White Wine & Spring Onion Sauce

This sauce is excellent with simply-grilled chicken, or for mousses such as "Duck Liver Gateau; Warm".

Key Features

  • Suitable for Vegetarians


For ½ pint (plenty for Six people):

1 bunch of Spring/Salad Onions ; trimmed of their root, but with most of the green left on – washed and cut into short lengths
50g/2oz Butter
1 tablespoon (15ml) Flour
190ml/7 fl oz Full Fat Milk
90ml/3 fl oz Dry White Wine
2 teaspoons (10ml) Dijon Mustard
190ml/7 fl oz Single Cream
Salt and freshly ground Pepper
Juice of ½ a lemon, sieved


1. Chop the spring onions finely by hand, or roughly in a food processor.

2. Melt the butter in a stainless steel saucepan, then sweat the onions for 3-4 minutes.

3. Add the flour and the mustard and mix well in.

4. Gradually add the milk, stirring continuously to incorporate. Cook over a low heat, until thick and smooth.

5. Add the cream and lemon juice, then season with salt and pepper.

6. Simmer for a further 3 minutes; then remove from the heat, as overcooking will lose the fresh colour.


This sauce keeps well for a few days in the fridge, as long as you use fresh milk and cream.

Recipe taken from 'Foolproof Entertaining' by Simon Scrutton - available from

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