Béchamel is an amazing sauce option for just about anything that needs a creamy, rich, decadent boost. It’s simple to prepare and tastes like heaven.
Makes: About 1 quart
Skill Level: Easy
Time to Make: 10-15 minutes
5 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons flour
4 cups heavy cream or milk
Salt and white pepper to taste
Prepare the Béchamel: Add the cream to a small saucepan and turn the heat to low. Set aside. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and stir to incorporate. Cook for 1-2 minutes until golden, but not overly browned.
Whisk in the warm heavy cream and continue whisking until smooth. Bring the mixture to a very low boil and immediately turn the heat to low. Continue whisking as the sauce thickens.
Cook for 2-3 more minutes or until the sauce reaches your desired consistency (it should be thick).
Taste and season with salt and white pepper. Serve immediately. Note: if you need to set the sauce aside as you finish up the rest of the meal, you can cover the top with wax paper to prevent a skin from forming. Gently reheat the sauce and whisk as necessary for a smooth consistency.