How to : Make a Roux

Roux is one of those mysterious things that few people know how to make these days. Not because it's necessarily difficult, but because it isn't often taught, or even thought of when it comes to cooking in the everyday kitchen. 

That's why it's important to me to talk about the basics of making a roux, because it can be such a great addition to everyday meals and a way to enhance recipes you already love. Plus, learning how to master long-standing kitchen techniques is one of my favorite things, and part of what heirloomed is all about.

This post is part of our "Made from Scratch" series, where we focus on the mastering the basics that it takes to make the classics from scratch - because things just taste better that way.

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Roux comes in many forms: white, brown, medium-brown, dark-brown, and variations of these. The roux I made was white to blond, but there are plenty of uses for darker roux, as you'll read below. 

ROUX 

  • Butter
  • Flour

In a pan, melt butter to a bubble. Add in an amount of flour equal to your chosen portion of butter - for example, 2 tbs butter, 2 tbs flour. Stir the flour and butter together with a fork or whisk until thickened. For a white roux - often used to thicken sauces - that's approximately 2 to 5 minutes. For a blond roux, often used in soups, cook until it smells a bit "toasty" - usually 5 to 10 minutes. A medium-brown roux takes 15 to 30 minutes, and a dark brown roux takes 30 to 45 minutes. Both medium and dark-brown roux is used in making most gumbos. 

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Hearty Butternut Squash Bisque.

There is just something truly warming about soup this time of year. I was never one to make soup until I learned how truly quick + easy it can be. And, surprisingly for me, it's something the kids just love too - a total win/win especially when they get their daily vegetables in without even knowing it.

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I teamed up with the fun folks at Pints and Plates for this recipe, and just like you'd pair a certain food with a fine wine, they are a wonderful resource when it comes to suggesting beer pairs for certain flavor profiles and recipes. 

I knew I wanted to go with something warm + hearty since it's fall and I had just been to the pumpkin patch up in the mountains filled with every variety of gourd and squash so it wasn't hard to land on this yummy recipe for Butternut Squash Bisque.

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Butternut Squash Bisque

Yield: 12
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This hearty, creamy bisque is the perfect soup to warm you up during the fall.

ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ¾ cup diced carrots
  • 4 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • ½ cup heavy cream (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ground nutmeg to taste

instructions:

How to cook Butternut Squash Bisque

  1. Heat oil and melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir onion into oil and butter and cook until tender.
  2. Mix carrots and squash into the pot. Pour in vegetable stock and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender.
  3. In a blender or food processor, puree the soup mixture until smooth. Return to pot and stir in heavy cream. Place pot back on stove and heat through, but do not boil. Serve warm with a dash of nutmeg.
  4. Note: Crème fraîche and thyme make great garnishes as well.
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Now as for beer pairing, they recommend a Bohemian Pilsner, like Pilsner Urquell and here's why: "The honey-like malt notes and the peppery snap in the hops of Pilsner Urquell® match the sweet, nutty flavor of the squash." I love the concept of these pairings and know you will love trying out the new recommendations too.

Take a peek for yourself at some of the pairings, I'd love to know what you'd try first!


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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com