miércoles, 4 de enero de 2012

Salsa americana

Existen discrepancias sobre el origen de la salsa americana, pero en lo que están de acuerdo prácticamente todos es en que viene de Francia y de su origen marinero a base de langosta o bogavante troceados, salteados con verduras, flambeados con Cognac y luego cocidos.

A mi esto de la langosta o el bogavante para hacer una salsa me parece un exceso, y más con los tiempos que corren, no se a vosotros, pero yo os voy a dar mi forma particular de hacer una "salsa americana" que, bajo mi punto de vista, no tiene nada que envidiar a la original.

Para ello suelo aprovechar restos de marisco que comemos en casa y, en este caso, he aprovechado unas cabezas de gamba roja. De lo más jugoso, ya veréis.

Ingredientes (250 cc):

50 cabezas de gamba roja
2 chalotas
Sal común
Brandy de Jerez
Caldo de cocción de gambas (o fumet de pescado)


Aprovechamos la cocción de las gambas rojas (es que yo las hice cocidas para una receta de cocktail de gamba roja) y, por una parte, reservamos el caldo de dicha cocción (tipo fumet) y por otra las cabezas de las gambas rojas cuando las pelemos, teniendo mucho cuidado de que no se nos escape nada de su jugo. En caso de que no cozáis las gambas, también se pueden emplear las cabezas crudas.

Cabezas de gambas crudas.

Cabezas de gambas cocidas.

En un cuenco vamos apretando con los dedos las cabezas cocidas (o crudas) y recogemos todo el jugo que sueltan. Reservamos.

Por otra parte, picamos dos chalotas muy finas y salteamos a fuego medio en una sartén con un chorretón de aceite de oliva (también puede emplearse una nuez de mantequilla). Cuando estén muy pochaditas, añadimos una copa de brandy de Jerez y, a fuego vivo, dejamos que evapore el alcohol y reduzca (otra opción sería flambearlo).

Una vez reducido incorporamos el jugo de las cabezas de las gambas rojas, dejamos cocer durante unos cinco minutos, a fuego medio, removiendo para que no se nos pegue.

Añadimos caldo de la cocción de las gambas (o un fumet de pescado) y dejamos cocer unos cinco minutos más.

Trituramos con la batidora y pasamos por un colador.

Reservamos la salsa americana así obtenida para acompañamientos de pescados.

Salsa americana.

NOTA: Otras preparaciones añaden tomate frito y algunas hierbas aromáticas (provenzales) y guisan en lugar de con fumet con vino blanco o sidra. Yo os presento mi salsa básica y luego vosotros, hacedla a vuestro gusto.

19 comentarios:

  1. Muy buena y sencilla. Yo si suelo usar unas cucharadas de tomate frito y añado a la cebolla la carne de unos pimientos rojos secos y mantequilla con una cucharada de aceite. Ademas de las cabezas de gambas suelo añadir unos "cambaros" (Cangrejos de mar)todo ello cocido en sidra y troceados. Tal y como elaboraba esta salsa un tío de mi madre en la Bretaña francesa, que luego utilizaba para hacer una sopa marinera con pan.

  2. Es bueno tener una receta base como esta, me ha gustado. Un besazo.

  3. Te chorizo una foto para un futuro post, no de chorizo, sino de gambas!

    1. Sin problema, pero no te olvides de poner la referencia.

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