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  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 10 min
  • Servings 16
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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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