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quick Béchamel sauce

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homemade bechamel

homemade bechamel

According to food historians sauce was used in 200 A.D. by the Romans to disguise the taste of food and possibly to conceal lack of freshness. In contrast with what  has been done in the last couple of thousand years, modern Italian cuisine  makes scant use of sauces. A sauce is now intended as a subtle background to a combination of the freshest possible ingredients. A few tablespoon of our good old Béchamel or white sauce works wonders if used to soften and combine flavors in baked dishes. I make it in the microwave, so it’s ready in a breeze.

Recipe

  • 1 tabsp butter
  • 1 tabsp flour*
  • 250 ml (1 cup) milk
  • pinch nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste

* for a gluten-free alternative use 1 scant tablespoon cornstarch or my GF cake flour mix

Using a tall glass container, heat the milk until hot to the touch, about 2 min. In a different tall container melt butter 30-60 sec.  To make a roux, add flour to the butter and  mix thoroughly using electric whisks until smooth. While whisking, add the hot milk, first one tablespoon at the time until smooth and then all the rest. Transfer the milk and roux  mixture in the microwave and heat for one minute.  Quickly stir, then microwave for one more minute or until the mixture is almost at boiling point. Whisk again. At this point the sauce should be thick and smooth. Season and add a pinch of grated nutmeg if desired. If too thick, add some more hot milk and whisk carefully to incorporate.

Author: madonnadelpiatto

Former scientist, I now run B&B and cooking school Alla Madonna del Piatto in Assisi, Umbria, central Italy, together with my husband Ruurd, daughter Tea and truffle dog Google. We love good food and wine, travel, beautiful handicrafts like textiles and pottery. We feel fortunate to be able to share our magical mountain with many friends from all over the world.

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