Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Basic Béchamel Sauce

Béchamel sauce, or white sauce, is a simple sauce to make that is used for a variety of sauces and dishes.

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • In a small sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the flour, whisking constantly, until the mixture is a pale golden.  This should take about 3 minutes.
  • Next, slowly add the milk, still whisking constantly.
  • Simmer the mixture while whisking constantly, until it is smooth and thickened.  This will take about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients, to taste.

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