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.
313,8404.1/5 for 30 ratings
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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

For 350 ml, you will need:

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3 min.15 min.18 min.
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Keeping:

Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.

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
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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This gratin is built up in layers: sautéed courgettes, minced beef, bechamel sauce, fried tomatoes, more meat and bechamel, then grated cheese for a brown topping.
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Here is my personal version of this famous recipe from the eastern Mediterranean. It's a kind of gratin, made with layers of aubergines, cooked meat with tomatos and bechamel sauce with cheese.
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Scallops au gratin

Scallops rapidly pan-fried, then arranged in shells on a bed of finely chopped leeks, topped with a bechamel sauce and browned in the oven.
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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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A "friand" (the word means "fond"!) is a sort of French pasty. This pie-style version has two layers of puff pastry filled with a mixture of cheese, ham and bechamel sauce.
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Source

Home made.

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ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Green beans with tomatoes, Toffee apple upside-down cake, Tournedos Rossini, Breton Sandwich, Artichoke hearts forestier , ... All
FlourFlour: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Aperitif rolls, Rabbit civet "à la normande", Bonnevaux apple tart, Choux pastry (pâte à choux), Half-cooked chocolate cake with raspberry coulis, ... All
MilkMilk: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Potato gratin, Chocolate rolls (petits pains), Bonnevaux apple tart, Ciabatta, Potimarron (Japanese chestnut pumpkin) purée, ... All
Grated nutmegGrated nutmeg: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Potato gratin, Cauliflower "moelleux" in ramekins, Foie gras cured in salt, Pasta with green asparagus, Ramekins of duchess potatoes, ... All

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