Bechamel sauce

Bechamel is a classic and versatile sauce. It’s key in many different recipes from lasagna to moussaka.

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bechamel sauce
Recipe AuthorAlice Cameron
Date11 June 2019
MachineManual Mode
Preparation time 2 Minutes
Cooking time 11 Minutes
Total time 13 Minutes
Cooking typesHob recipes

Bechamel sauce, also known as white sauce, is made with only 4 ingredients: butter, milk, flour and a touch of salt

Bechamel sauce is known in the culinary world as one of the five ‘Mother sauces’ because it’s the base of many other sauces.

It is usually added to dishes such as lasagna and the greek favourite moussaka.

Not only is bechamel versatile it is also very easy to perfect!

To make a bechamel sauce you will need to make a roux. A rough is a thickening agent made by combining butter and flour over a medium heat. Once the roux is ready, milk is gradually added to make a sauce.

From there you can add classic flavouring like cloves, white onions, white pepper and nutmeg. If you add cheese you have the perfect sauce for macaroni and cheese or to top cauliflower!

Recipe suggestion: Lasagna, Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredient list

Salt 0to taste
Nutmeg 0to taste

Step nr: 1 - Make the roux

Ingredient list for step nr: 1

Cooking time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes
Temperature90 Degrees Celsius

In a saucepan melt the unsalted butter and then add the flour. Stirling constantly until it has formed a roux.

Step nr: 2 - Add semi skimmed milk

Ingredient list for step nr: 2

Semi skimmed milk 500milliliter
Cooking time 6 Minutes
Total time 6 Minutes
Temperature90 Degrees Celsius

Gradually add the semi skimmed milk and cook until you have a thick and smooth sauce.

Step nr: 3 - Season

Ingredient list for step nr: 3

Salt 0to taste
Nutmeg 0to taste
Preparation time 2 Minutes
Total time 2 Minutes

Season well with salt and nutmeg.

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