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Classic French Consommé

My method for consommé uses a meat grinder, but you can use a food processor and it works fine. If you don't have enough extra meat for the raft, use skinless chicken breasts or lean beef. You can make this ahead and store it in the fridge for up to 10 days. Consommé also freezes very well for up to 3 months. This general method works with any meat or fish. 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: French
Keyword: broth
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 182kcal
Author: Hank Shaw


  • 5 quarts duck broth (or other broth, see above)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 pounds lean duck or goose meat, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 ounce dried mushrooms, any kind, soaked and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 10 egg whites
  • A 2-inch piece of fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 6 to 8 fresh sage leaves chopped
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 12 ounces tomato puree


  • Make the raft by running the onion, carrot, celery, mushrooms and duck meat through a meat grinder, or by pulsing in a food processor until you have a rough mash. Don't puree it.
  • Mix in the garlic, egg whites, rosemary, sage and bay leaves and chill for at least 4 hours, or up to overnight.
  • Pour the cold duck broth into a stockpot and add the salt.
  • Mix the tomato puree with the raft and add to the stock. Turn heat to medium and bring slowly to a simmer. Do not let it boil under any circumstances or you will ruin your consommé. Stir every couple of minutes until the raft begins to float on the surface.
  • When the raft has formed, poke a 1-inch hole in its center and let the consommé simmer gently for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Put a fine-meshed sieve over a container large enough to hold the consommé and line the sieve with a paper towel. Turn the heat to low on the consommé and ladle the soup through the sieve into the container. When you get to the bottom of the stockpot, pick out the raft and discard, then pour the remaining consommé through the sieve.
  • Chill the consommé or serve immediately. Add salt to taste before serving.


Note that this recipe starts with already made stock. If you need to make some, here is my recipe for duck broth.


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 1521mg | Potassium: 1061mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1382IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 3mg