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How To Make a Béchamel Sauce (White Sauce)

How To Make a Béchamel Sauce (White Sauce) 0
In this post, I will show you how to make a béchamel sauce (white sauce) because I will be using it in a lot of gratin and casserole recipes. The béchamel sauce is the french white sauce. It sounds fancy and complicated, but it’s pretty easy to make.

I had been making the béchamel since I was 12 or 13 years old. I could probably make the sauce in my sleep. Growing up whenever we had a barbeque, my mom would make us some sort of a gratin to serve as a side dish. Since I liked helping her in the kitchen, she thought me how to make the béchamel sauce.

The sauce is usually made with a base of butter, flour, and milk. I like to add a little bit of cream cheese. It makes the sauce even creamier. It does require a lot of whisking, but then it only takes 10 minutes.

All right, let’s get to it!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Yields: 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of flour
1 1/2 cups of warm milk
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon of pepper
1/8 teaspoon of freshly graded nutmeg
1 tablespoon of cream cheese

Directions:

How To Make a Béchamel Sauce (White Sauce) 1
In a sauce pan, start by melting the butter on low medium heat

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Once the butter is completely melted, add the flour and whisk quickly to mix in with the butter

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Once the butter and flour form a paste, add the warm milk while continuing to whisk

How To Make a Béchamel Sauce (White Sauce)
The sauce will be ready when it thickens.
Stick a spoon or spatula in the sauce and remove it, then run your finger on spoon. If it keeps a mark, then it’s thick enough.

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Remove from the heat, add salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cream cheese.

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Whisk well until the cream cheese is melted and the salt, pepper and nutmeg are well incorporated.

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Et voila! The béchamel sauce is ready and can be used in gratins, casseroles, and Mc & Cheese.

How To Make a Béchamel Sauce (White Sauce)
 
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Loubna El Maziati:
Serves: 1½ cups
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 1½ cup of warm milk
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon of pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon of freshly graded nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon of cream cheese
Directions
  1. In a sauce pan, start by melting the butter on low medium heat.
  2. Once the butter is completely melted, add the flour and whisk quickly to mix in with the butter.
  3. Once the butter and flour form a paste, add the warm milk while continuing to whisk.
  4. The sauce will be ready when it thickens.
  5. Remove from the heat, add salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cream cheese.
  6. Whisk well until the cream cheese is melted and the salt, pepper and nutmeg are well incorporated.
  7. Et voila! The béchamel sauce is ready and can be used in gratins, casseroles, and Mc & Cheese.

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