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Ingredient: Gastrique - French Sweet and Sour Sauce

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Copyright 2009 Kevin D Weeks
Gastriques are a sort of classic French sweet and sour sauce. The primary flavor (and some of the sweetness) typically comes from fruit (peaches, berries, mangoes and so on) and the sour from vinegar. Gastriques are particularly good on roasted or sautéed pork or poultry. They're easy to make, will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, and freeze beautifully. (Larger image.) Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, peeled and minced
  • 2 cups fruit (whole berries or larger fruit peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons sugar (depending on fruit chosen and how sweet it is)
  • 3 tablespoons wine or cognac
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • Generous pinch of salt


1. Melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add shallots and cook until translucent - about 5 minutes.

2. Add remaining ingredients to pan.

3. Bring just to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer until fruit is very tender (10 - 20 minutes) and.

4. If the using berries, strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove seeds. Otherwise puree mixture in a blender.

5. Taste and adjust seasoning and tartness.

Peach Gastrique: Use white wine vinegar, cognac, and add 3/4 teaspoon of ginger and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom.

Strawberry Gastrique: Use balsamic vinegar, dry vermouth, and add 1/2 teasoon of almond extract.

Apple Gastrique: Use apple cider vinegar, apple brandy, and add 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

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 5 out of 5
Mango gastrique, Member Cecilie1

Used red wine and mango in the gastrique, and since the mango is so sweet in itself, I used half the amount of sugar. Delicious, and highly recommendable! I served it with lamb. Perfect!

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