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basic bechamel sauce

Recipe by
Vicki Butts (lazyme)
Grapeview, WA

From the Art of French Cooking by Fernande Garvin.

yield 2 cups
prep time 15 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For basic bechamel sauce

  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    chopped onions
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 1/2 c
    hot milk
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    white pepper
  • 1 pinch
    grated nutmeg

How To Make basic bechamel sauce

  • 1
    In small, heavy saucepan, melt butter. As soon as butter is melted, add onions and cook over medium flame for 3 minutes, or until onions begin to turn golden. Stir in flour. Stir in milk and cook, stirring constantly until smooth.
  • 2
    Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg, and cook over low flame for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain.
  • 3
    Bechamel sauce may be prepared in advance, and keeps well in refrigerator for more than two weeks. Makes 2 cups of sauce.

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