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.
330,4354.0/5 for 36 ratings
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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

For 350 ml, you will need:

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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.

Keeping:

Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
553 Kcal or 2,315 Kj14 gr42 gr36 gr
28 %6 %4 %6 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
199 Kcal or 833 Kj5 gr15 gr13 gr
10 %2 %1 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Croque-monsieur
Croque-monsieur

A classic of French "street food" or bistros: a slice of ham between two slices of bread spread with béchamel sauce. The sandwich is then sprinkled with cheese and toasted in the oven.
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Potato and broccoli gratin
Potato and broccoli gratin

A very simple recipe: a layer of potatoes, a layer of broccoli, bechamel sauce and grated cheese.
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Spinach Croque-monsieur
Spinach Croque-monsieur

A croque-monsieur is a French toasted sandwich. Here, the 2 slices of buttered bread are filled with bechamel sauce, hard-boiled eggs, blanched spinach and melted cheese. The assembled sandwich is popped in the oven to toast the bread and melt the cheese.
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Gratin slices with spinach
Gratin slices with spinach

A slice of bread with a gratin of bechamel containing hard-boiled egg and topped with cheese, served with fresh spinach.
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Harvest Gratin
Harvest Gratin

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Source

Home made.

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