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

Keywords for this recipe:SauceTraditionalFrenchRouxMilk sauce mornay
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).
How much will it cost?
  • For 350 ml : 0.47 €

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