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Parsley sauce - white sauce with freshly chopped parsley – is a staple of Irish cooking. We eat it with bacon and cabbage, it helps to moisten the meat.

Serves 4


25g (1 oz or 2 tablespoons) butter
25g (1 oz or 1/4 cup of plain flour)
300ml (1/2 pint or 1 and 1/4 cup) of milk
Pinch of Salt and a pinch of white or black pepper
2oz of parsley, chopped finely



1. Gently melt the butter in a saucepan (non-stick is easier). Don't let it sizzle.
2. Add the flour, salt, and white pepper (black pepper at a push, but you'll be able to see black specks in the sauce).
3. Stir, over gentle heat, with a wooden spoon for a few minutes to let the flour cook and to amalgamate everything. If you don't cook it long enough at this stage, the sauce will taste floury.
4. Add a litttle milk to the flour and butter mix (you have now made a roux) and stir again. When it is amalgamated, add a little more milk and mix again. Add more milk, little by little, until you have a thickish creamy sauce. Cook the sauce for 5 minutes over gentle heat, stirring to stop it sticking. If you get lumps, press them with the wooden spoon against the side of the pan to mash them. If you need to, use a whisk, but be careful not to scratch a non-stick pan. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
5. For a richer sauce, add a little hot sauce to a raw egg yolk in a cup, mix well, then reintroduce into the main sauce.
6. Add the parsley, stir and serve immediately.

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