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Bechamel sauce

Bechamel sauce

Bechamel sauce is a classic, made from a cooked butter-flour mix called "roux", where milk is added and slowly cooked. We get a thick sauce, used in many recipes.

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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

For 350 ml, you will need:

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
3 min.15 min.18 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
3 min.
Bechamel sauce : Photo of step #1 Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a pan on low heat.

When it sizzles, add 2 tablespoons flour all at once.
Stage 2
5 min.
Bechamel sauce : Photo of step #2 Mix well and cook, stirring continuously, until the mixture become light brown.

This mix, which can be prepared beforehand, is called a "roux", and in this case a "blond roux". If you continue cooking, you will get a "brown roux".
Stage 3
10 min.
Bechamel sauce : Photo of step #3 Pour 2 glasses milk (cold) onto the roux, all at once. Mix thoroughly.

You have there the secret of succeeding with a bechamel:
  • if roux is hot, add cold milk
  • if roux is cold (perpared beforehand), add hot milk


Salt, pepper and add grated nutmeg.

Leave to cook on low heat, stirring up continuously until bechamel thickens.
Stage 4
Bechamel sauce : Photo of step #4 The thickness of bechamel is a question of taste.
Stage 5
Bechamel sauce : Photo of step #5 You can make variations on bechamel: like for example Mornay sauce, which is a bechamel with grated cheese added.

Remarks

Bechamel can be easily made beforehand, and reheated when necessary.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
55314 gr42 gr36 gr
28 %6 %4 %6 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1995 gr15 gr13 gr
10 %2 %1 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 350 ml : 0.47 €

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