What is ragout?
Ragout is a dish comprising meat in a sauce. The word 'ragout' comes from the French word 'ragoûter' and means ‘to improve the flavour’. The sauce (the roux) is a mixture of heated fat (butter) and flour. The butter is melted without letting it turn brown, then the flour is added and the mixture is cooked for a short time. After that, broth, cream or milk is added and heated until the substance thickens. The meat (beef, chicken, veal, etc.) and often mushrooms are added last. There are numerous varieties of ragout. Perhaps the most well-known is ragout made from beef which is used as the filling for meat croquettes.