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Chef John's White Sauce

Chef John's White Sauce

  • Prep

    5 m
  • Cook

    17 m
  • Ready In

    22 m
Chef John

Chef John

White sauce is one of the “mother sauces” in traditional culinary training and is used in many popular dishes.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 192 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 14 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 11.8g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 5 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 40 mg
  • 13%
  • Sodium:
  • 180 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in flour and cook for about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in 1 cup cold milk, about 1 minute. Stir in second cup of milk for an additional minute.
  3. Stir in remaining 2 cups of milk, cayenne pepper, salt, thyme, and nutmeg; bring to a simmer over low heat until sauce begins to thicken, about 10 minutes.
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justacitygirl
14

justacitygirl

4/27/2012

I didn't change a thing and loved it!!

OddJobber
11

OddJobber

9/23/2012

This is a BASIC sauce. Add whatever spices will complement whatever you're going to use it on. Important: you want to cook the butter/four mix at a temp that will cook the flour without burning the butter. Usually when I get lumps, it's because I didn't cook the flour long enough. I like to make this with whole wheat flour, if you don't mind a brown "white" sauce with speckles. :)

Sarah Jo
10

Sarah Jo

2/16/2013

I skipped the thyme in this recipe. I browned some chopped onion and fresh minced garlic in the butter before adding the flour. After the sauce was made, I added some ground mustard and a touch of hot sauce. I used the white sauce as a base for homemade macaroni and cheese. It worked out great--perfect thickness and held up well during the whole cooking process.

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