A sauce made of butter and flour cooked together (creating a *roux*), used to thicken a milk base, commonly known as white sauce.

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What's the best way to make Béchamel sauce?

When I make Béchamel sauce I keep getting different results. Sometimes the sauce becomes too liquidy and never seems to firm up. Other times it might get quite lumpy, despite my use of a recipe that ...
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How do I get the best possible texture when making vegetable cream soups?

Many recipes call for straining the almost finished soup to get rid of any extra chunky bits and get the best mouthfeel. But I am really confused, because with any reasonably fine sieve I filter out ...
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Can I make a béchamel sauce with coconut cream?

I want to make a béchamel sauce with coconut cream instead of milk. Does anybody have a guess whether this will work?
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What's the purpose of nutmeg in mashed potatoes and white sauce?

I've seen lots of recipes that call for a pinch of nutmeg in mashed potatoes and in white sauce. It's not very much and just provides a slight elusive flavour. I do enjoy it, but often don't bother ...
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Why isn't my mornay sauce smooth?

I've been reading the Geek Cookbook, and decided to try the Mac & Cheese recipe from it, making the sauce from scratch - seemed simple enough! I've never made a Bechamel or Mornay sauce before, ...
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How to include soy milk in bechamel

A visitor has left a nearly full bottle of soy milk in our fridge. Personally, I hate the taste of soy milk, I find it too sweet and nutty for me, yet I feel compelled to use it up somehow. I am ...
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Milk temperature for white sauce

Should I introduce the milk hot or cold when making white (béchamel) sauce? Searching around I found multiple opposite opnions, like on this answer (see the comments). Also different advice from ...
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How would I produce (stable) foamy bechamel sauce?

I recently ate a dish that was topped with a foamy bechamel sauce. It had the same creamy taste a traditional bechamel has but was much fluffier and less set, a bit like a mousse. I would like to ...
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Can I use fat-free milk in béchamel?

Can I use a fat free milk to make the sauce? Should I add more butter to the roux if I do so?
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Béchamel and pomodoro

Is there any traditional recipe that uses béchamel (white sauce) and pomodoro (tomato sauce) mixed, making a new (orange-ish) sauce? Is there a name for this sauce? I often do this mixture but I've ...
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Short term storage of bechamel

How far in advance can I make a bechamel sauce before using it without having to cool, refrigerate and reheat. For instance if I'm making a creamed spinach dish for a dinner party can I make the ...
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Can you and how do you melt quark cheese into bechamel?

I would like to try to make quark cheese sauce for pasta, but I'm not confident I can make the cheese melt properly as I've never done it before. What I would like to use specifically is the Polish ...
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Is “medium white sauce” a usefully distinct term?

I am familiar with a basic white sauce, or béchamel, and know how to make it. I recently came across a recipe (circa 1950's) that calls for 1 cup medium white sauce. Is this the same as a béchamel? (...
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White sauce without roux

Recently I have been making white sauce by: heating the milk in a pan until nearly boiling mixing corn flour with a small amount of cold milk removing milk from stove add cornglour mix to hot milk ...
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Storing bechamel sauce

Is storing a Bechamel Sauce in the fridge for up to week ok? Will it curdle or otherwise go bad? I love eating Croque Monsieurs for dinner and adding a bit of Bechamel is awesome but I would rather ...
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Why does a white sauce (bechamel,veloute) sometimes turn grey?

I usually see this happen with bechamel. Sometimes as the sauce cooks, it starts to get a faint grey tint. I don't believe I am cooking the roux too long. I think that would tend to brown rather ...
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Pasticcio vs Lasagna

What's the main difference between this two dishes, Pasticcio and Lasagna? I think pasticcio has ham and I think both have béchamel sauce. They both need to be baked (as far as I know) but honestly, ...
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Is that bechamel that Gordon Ramsay is adding to the lasagna?

In this video, you can see Gordan Ramsay piping a white substance into his lasagna. Recently saw a post about substitute for ricotta or cottage in a lasagna. Several members agreed that bechamel is ...
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What temperature should milk be when adding to roux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Right way to defrost roux I've always heard that it's best to add roux to liquids that are at or near a boil, however I ran across this video recently where the chef says ...
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How can I make a “lighter” cheese sauce?

I am looking to make some cheese-sauce filled choux pastry balls as an appetizer. I was considering making a classical mornay sauce for the filling. But when it goes cold, I find it tends to be quite ...
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white sauce / bechamel - without lumps [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How not to mess up bechamel scauce So you melt the butter and mix the flour in = easy Adding the first bit of milk and making a paste = easy Now getting from that to a ...