Melba is a French cooking term for a particular side garnish served with small cuts of meat.
It consists of very small tomatoes stuffed with:
- chopped chicken
- chopped truffles
- chopped mushrooms stirred in Velouté sauce
The tomatoes are sprinkled with breadcrumbs and set under a hot grill.
Also served with the tomatoes is braised lettuce.
The usual sauce on the meat is a veal stock, flavoured with port, and thickened.