A bread sauce
is a warm or cold sauce thickened with bread. It is a savory sauce
served with a main meal.
sole survivor of the medieval bread-thickened sauces, the
traditional British bread sauce is made with milk, butter or cream,
and bread crumbs, flavored with onion, salt, cloves, mace, pepper
and bay leaf, with the fat from roasting often added too.
It typically accompanies domestic fowl such as
turkey or chicken. The use of slightly stale bread is optimal,
making it an economical way of using up leftover bread. The sauce is
easy to make and uses readily available ingredients.
The basic recipe calls for the dairy products (2
cups of milk, with or without cream) to be heated to simmering. Then
a whole, peeled onion (with a few cloves and a bay leaf added
optionally) and the milk left alone for half an hour or so. It is
then strained, briefly re-simmered, with breadcrumbs and then butter
(if any) added as thickeners, and seasoned with salt and pepper to
Turkish cuisine also features a cold sauce made
from breadcrumbs mixed with pounded walnuts or hazelnuts and served
with chick pea salads and, most famously, with chicken or duck as