Bread Sauce



Bread sauce is a rich, creamy sauce made with milk, cream, and bread. It is the go to finish to a traditional Christmas meal in Britain. As you may have guessed, any bread sauce recipe actually includes cubes of bread or breadcrumbs. The liquid elements of the sauce soak into the bread and once soaked, the bread acts as a thickening agent. Unlike other sauces with a strong presence in British cuisine, bread sauce is one that goes with a vast number of foods which is why it’s a Christmas favorite. After plates are made, bread sauce can be served over turkey, stuffing, sausage and any prepared vegetable including mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Did you know that this sauce came as a result of medieval cooks trying to find new ways to put day old bread to good use? Someone certainly gave the bread purpose, made one impressive sauce and the rest is history.

Place of Origin: Recipe difficulty:
Britain Easy
Preparation Time: Cook Time:
10 minutes 40 minutes (includes infusing time)
Yields: 4 cups of sauce, good for 8 servings

!!!! Ingredients

  • 6 cloves
  • 1 white onion, peeled
  • 1 ΒΌ cups milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Black pepper
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Nutmeg, to taste
  • Salt, to taste

How to Make !!!!?

!!!! Sauce – Step by Step Instructions:

1. Stud the onion with cloves as you would a ham. Simply stick the cloves in the onion.
2. Pour the milk into a saucepan along with the heavy cream, bay leaf, and a little black pepper.
3. Place the whole onion studded with cloves into the saucepan.
4. Bring to a simmer and remove from the heat.
5. Cover and leave for 30 minutes so the onion, cloves, and bay leaf can infuse the milk and cream.
6. Pour the milk and cream mixture through a fine strainer and into a clean saucepan.
7. Bring to a simmer and pour in the breadcrumbs as you stir.
8. Cook for a few minutes.
9. Stir in the butter and add some nutmeg (freshly grated is recommended).
10. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
11. Pour into a serving boat/bowl or cool, chill and freeze for later use. Sauce stays fresh for up to a month.

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Ideas to Use – !!!

Bread sauce can be served warm or cold but many prefer it warm. It pairs very well with poultry, fish and root vegetables. Some of the most common dishes the sauce is used on includes roasted turkey, chicken, and goose but the sauce also brings something special to roasted asparagus.


!!! is fit for:

Lacto-ovo vegetarian diets.

This bread sauce recipe yields such a lovely sauce. It is rich and quite heavy so be sure to use it sparingly. Store bought breadcrumbs can be used in the sauce since they are convenient but consider making your own with day old bread. All you have to do is remove the crusts, toast and use a food processor to make the crumbs. Also, remember that you can cube stale white bread as well. Other additions like peppercorns, another bay leaf and herbs will only add to the sauce. You can even put in more milk if you prefer a thinner consistency. The choice is yours.

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