Hello! Oh my, its been an entire day since I posted… :O Last night I made dinner for my family and used this basic sauce as a base for a potato bake I will be posting later. I have used this recipe in a variety of recipes and it has always worked out. Hopefully you get as much use from it as I do.
As for the lack of pictures,I got the most pictures I could at the best quality I could but because it cooks quickly and you are stirring or adding most of the time, it was difficult to get any. Sorry I could not get any more, but hopefully this will be just fine.
Bechamel sauce is really a plain white sauce just waiting for flavor. It is super simple to make and done in minutes to be put on pasta, be baked into something like this potato bake (will be posted soon) or drizzled on a meal. No matter what you use it on, it will always be the same base.
First, you take a tablespoon of butter/margarine and put it in a small to medium pot on low heat. Once melted(or almost), add in 1 tablespoon of flour. Stir until mixed together and add a tiny bit of milk and whisk in. If you have a nonstick pan, make sure to use a nonstick whisk which you can find in stores. If you are really worried about your pan getting scratched, use a non-metal fork and mix it until smooth.
Sprinkle in a teaspoon of salt. Now, measure out 3/4 cup of milk and slowly pour in, mixing in between pours until fully incorporated. Let it bubble and sit as you stir occasionally, putting the heat up slightly.
After around 5 minutes, take a spoon and dip it and drag your finger across the spoon. If the shape holds, it is ready. If it spreads into where your finger was, stir and let it bubble for slightly longer.
This is for a basic, nearly tasteless white sauce. To get it to be flavorful there are a few ideas you could make:
-Add parsley and some seasonings like pepper, garlic salt, ect.
-Add cooked sausage to the sauce to make a really delicious creamy meat sauce.
-Add some sauteed vegetables like spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers and/or onions.
-Make it a version of Alfredo sauce by adding 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of cheese.
I hope you enjoy this.