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Lesson Overview

Pan sauces are à la minute sauces made in the same pan in which ingredients, especially meats, have been sautéed, seared or pan-fried. Wise cooks know that the tasty brown bits, also known as sucs, that are left on the bottom of a pan, are as good as gold. By learning how to take advantage of the…

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Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • explain what sucs are and why they are important to a pan sauce
  • understand how to develop sucs properly
  • understand how to build flavors in a pan sauce
  • understand the proper deglazing technique
  • determine how far to reduce a pan sauce
  • know how to enrich and finish a pan sauce

Course Syllabus

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1. Introduction: How to Make Pan Sauce 3 mins
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment 2 mins
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3. Developing the Sucs for Pan Sauces 3 mins
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4. Adding Mirepoix to Pan Sauces 2 mins
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5. Deglazing Pan Sauces 4 mins
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6. Adding & Reducing Stock for Pan Sauces 2 mins
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7. Enriching Pan Sauces 2 mins
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8. Finishing Touches for Pan Sauces 2 mins
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9. Practice Activity 45 mins
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10. Practice Activities & Recipes 45 mins
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11. Lesson Quiz 15 mins
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Finish Line 2 hrs 5 mins Total Time

Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this lesson.

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What People Are Saying

Default profile "Great lesson, and the nest part is it gives you a lot of room to create and gives you the main rules to follow. The water test and oil test will put you in elite company already. Would like to see the wooden spatula test explained just a bit further since my sauce appeared to pass, but came out pretty thin." ★★★★★
Default profile "This has helped make cooking meat in a pan substantially more interesting then just serving the food as is." ★★★★★
Default profile "I found this lesson informative, enabling me with greater confidence to handle such tasks in the kitchen in a proper fashion, which will yield better results all-around in the future." ★★★★★
Default profile "VERY helpful. Really prior to this lesson, I had no idea how to make a proper sauce. I had the temperature too low so didn't make sucs, I used flour to thicken the sauce and used supermarket stock! At the time, I thought they tasted OK but now I know better and the results are FAR superior! THANKS" ★★★★★
Default profile "Fantastic lesson! My skills in the kitchen increased 10 fold after this lesson alone!" ★★★★★
Default profile "Wish there were more variations on ingredients that were presented, especially liquids that don't contain alcohol." ★★★
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Default profile "This was my favorite lesson of all so far and one that has already made significant improvements on my cooking." ★★★★★
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23 Videos | 11 Tasks
Task 1: Introduction: How to Make Pan Sauce
Task 2: Complete Your Self Assessment
Task 3: Developing the Sucs for Pan Sauces
Task 4: Adding Mirepoix to Pan Sauces
Task 5: Deglazing Pan Sauces
Task 6: Adding & Reducing Stock for Pan Sauces
Task 7: Enriching Pan Sauces
Task 8: Finishing Touches for Pan Sauces

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