How to: Make Béchamel

(white/cream sauce)

  •  Melt butter and add aproximately the same amount of flour (to make roux).

    Melt butter and add aproximately the same amount of flour (to make roux).

  •  Cook down and if necessary (as here) add more flour.

    Cook down and if necessary (as here) add more flour.

  •  The roux should be too thick to flow. Cook down a bit more, but do not allow to brown.

    The roux should be too thick to flow. Cook down a bit more, but do not allow to brown.

  •  Add your first splash of cream, and blend over heat.

    Add your first splash of cream, and blend over heat.

  •  The cream will incorporate into the roux.

    The cream will incorporate into the roux.

  •  Slowly, add more cream, mixing constantly to keep a smooth texture.

    Slowly, add more cream, mixing constantly to keep a smooth texture.

  •  Make the sauce a bit thinner than you want, and then reduce to bring everything together.

    Make the sauce a bit thinner than you want, and then reduce to bring everything together.

  •  Nutmeg is a classic seasoning with Béchamel, but use very little.

    Nutmeg is a classic seasoning with Béchamel, but use very little.

Béchamel is one of the so called “mother” sauces, and for good reason. It is easily varied by simply adding a new flavor, such as tomato, roasted garlic or Parmesan. Unbelievably versatile it is found in may recipes, and so it is one to master.

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