Bechamel sauce is the basic white sauce used for making many other sauces as well as an accompaniment on its own. It is easy to make with a little practice and once you have these basic skills you can transform many dishes with a variety of delicious sauces.
This is a great way to use up any leftovers too, as they are a delicious way of improving an otherwise plain dish. Simply add a few other ingredients to this basic sauce and you have more delicious sauces!
With your béchamel sauce recipe, you can make the following delicious French sauces:
Replace the milk with concentrated chicken stock or fish or veal stock.
Add three tablespoons double cream or crème fraiche to the béchamel sauce and finish with a few drops of lemon juice.
Remove your béchamel sauce from the heat and add 2oz parmesan cheese or a mixture of parmesan and Swiss cheese, a little nutmeg and white pepper.
Chop 8oz onions and boil until tender. Drain and put them through a sieve or pulp in a liquidiser. Add to thick béchamel sauce with two tablespoons thick cream and a pinch of nutmeg. Adjust the seasoning to your taste and reheat but do not bo
It is also the basis for making a great French soufflé dish and if you would like to know how to make one of these tasty dishes there are a few tips and recipes for you here.