My Mum is English by ancestry, and has for a number of years been making one of her family’s traditional recipes to go with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. I think it’s really yummy, so I asked her if I could share it. Here it is, mostly verbatim – I just separated out a list of ingredients for easier shopping.
English Bread Sauce
- 10-15 cloves
- 1 medium onion
- 3 cups milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1-2 cups bread crumbs (the ones you can get pre-made at the grocery store work, but bakery ones are better 🙂 )
- Stick the cloves in the onion.
- Add onion to milk in a saucepan.
- Simmer for about one hour on low heat, so that milk is infused with the onion-clove flavour. Do not boil.
- Remove onion and discard.
- Add salt and about 1 cup bread crumbs, and simmer over low heat. Again, do not boil.
- The crumbs will swell up, and the sauce should have a thick consistency. If it is too runny after simmering for a few minutes, add some more bread crumbs.
Serve with turkey, ideally with more bread crumbs, these ones fried in butter. About a half cup should be enough – use whatever you have left.