Side Servings

Beef consommé

20 minutes
2 hours
Wine/Spirit Pairing
Woolworths Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

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  • 1 kg lean beef mince
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 leek, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig, leaves only
  • 2 free-range egg whites
  • 2 litres fresh beef stock

Mix the beef mince, carrots, leek and thyme in a large saucepan.

Whisk the egg whites in a small, clean bowl until foamy, then add them to the saucepan and mix in well. Stir in a little stock until well combined, then add the remaining stock and stir again.

Heat the pan until the mixture is simmering gently, then continue simmering for about 1 1⁄2 hours, without stirring. During this time, the egg whites will rise to the surface of the consommé and take any impurities with them.

Strain the pan contents through a fine sieve lined with a muslin cloth and collect the strained liquid in a clean saucepan (use the strained meat and vegetables to make a pie or stew). Keep warm.

Cook's note: A consommé is a clear soup made using richly flavoured stock and clarified using egg whites.

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Hannah Lewry

Recipe by: Hannah Lewry

Woolworths TASTE’s Food Editor is passionate about conjuring up fresh ideas for fast and easy dishes that taste as great as they look. Turn to her expertise for everything from time-saving mid-week food to lazy weekend meals. You’ll have a lot of fun in the kitchen while you’re about it.

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