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  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 10 min
  • Servings 16

Also known as Béchamel sauce, it is versatile and has many uses. Pair it with vegetables, turn it into a creamy casserole or ladle it over seafood or sliced chicken. Serve "as is," make it into a cheese sauce or spice it up with mustard, dill or curry. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

2
tablespoons butter or margarine
2
tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
1
cups milk

Steps

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  • 1
    In 1 1/2-quart saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat.
  • 2
    Gradually stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; boil and stir 1 minute.

Expert Tips

  • Increase butter to 1/4 cup and flour to 1/4 cup.
  • Decrease butter to 1 tablespoon and flour to 1 tablespoon.
  • Stir in 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard with the flour. After boiling and stirring sauce 1 minute, stir in 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 ounces) until melted. Serve with eggs and vegetables or over toast for Welsh rabbit. About 1 1/3 cups sauce.
  • Stir in 1/2 teaspoon curry powder with the flour. Serve with chicken, lamb and shrimp.
  • Stir in 1 teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed and dash of ground nutmeg with the flour. Serve with fish.
  • Decrease butter to 1 tablespoon and flour to 1 tablespoon. After boiling and stirring sauce 1 minute, stir in 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard. Serve with beef, veal, ham and vegetables.
  • 1. Stir flour, salt and pepper into melted butter. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. 2. Heat sauce to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Calories
25
Calories from Fat
15
% Daily Value
Total Fat
2g
3%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Sodium
55mg
2%
Potassium
25mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
1g
0%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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