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White Bechamel Sauce

Updated February 23, 2016
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This white sauce uses a classic roux base; use for shrimp, salmon, or other seafood dishes.

Prepare ahead: Step 1 can be made several hours in advance and chilled, until ready to use.

Freezing Information: Freeze for up to 6 months

Preparation Time5 min

Preparation Time - Text5 mins, plus standing

Cooking Time5 min

Cooking Time - Text5

CostInexpensive

Moderate

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCooking for a date, Formal Dinner Party

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealbrunch, dinner, lunch

Taste and Texturebuttery, creamy, rich, savory

Type of Dishsauces

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups whole milk
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2–3 parsley sprigs
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper

Instructions

Bring the milk, onion, bay leaf, parsley, and peppercorns to a simmer in a medium saucepan over low heat. Remove from the heat and let stand for 20 minutes. Strain.

Melt the butter in a clean medium saucepan over low heat. Whisk in the flour and let bubble without browning for 1–2 minutes.

Gradually whisk in the warm milk. Boil over medium heat, whisking almost constantly. Reduce heat and simmer, about 5 minutes, until the sauce is smooth and thick. Add the nutmeg and season with salt and pepper.

Variations:

Cheese Sauce: Stir ¾ cup shredded sharp Cheddar and 1/8 tsp dry mustard into the simmered sauce.

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