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Classic Bechamel Sauce

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  Butter 2 Tablespoon
  Plain flour 2 Tablespoon
  Milk 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Onion 1
  Bay leaf 1 , fresh or dried
  Whole cloves 4
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
  Nutmeg To Taste

Make a Roux:
Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat.
Add the flour and stir well for about 2 minutes.
Make the Onion Piquet:
Fasten the bay leaf to the onion with the cloves.
Make the Sauce:
Add the milk a little at a time, stirring after each addition.
When half the milk has been incorporated, you can add the rest in slightly larger amounts.
Place the onion piquet in the saucepan.
Allow to simmer on minimum heat for 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
If the sauce gets too thick, add a little more milk.
Remove the onion piquet.
Season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Vegetarian, Low Cholesterol
Milk, Milk Product
Always wondered how to prepare that perfect Classic Bechamel Sauce? Watch this video to learn a step by step process to prepare it in your own kitchen. Use the sauce in your favorite recipes and enhance the taste manifold.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 166 Calories from Fat 89

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 10 g15.4%

Saturated Fat 6.1 g30.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 27.4 mg9.1%

Sodium 148.5 mg6.2%

Total Carbohydrates 16 g5.2%

Dietary Fiber 1 g4%

Sugars 7.5 g

Protein 5 g9.3%

Vitamin A 6.4% Vitamin C 4.8%

Calcium 14.2% Iron 1.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Classic Bechamel Sauce Recipe Video