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Name:Bechamel, et al. Contributor:Martin Golding
Description:basal form of white sauce and derivitives Posted:2002-10-01
Key words:bechamel, sauce, variations Category:Sauces
ID:379 Updated:2005-11-28 19:31:56
Ingredients:2 oz butter
2 oz flour
1 pint warm milk
Preparation:2 oz butter + 2 oz flour stirred over low heat 3 minutes without browning. Slowly add 1 pint warm milk. Simmer 3 minutes. Season.


Pound shrimp skins with butter. Stir into bechamel and boil it up. Strain through cloth. Season. If you haven't enough shrimp skins to make the sauce go pink, add a drop of artificial color.
* Shrimps, white fish, eggs

As crevette, with crayfish.

As crevette, with lobster
* Lobster

Add lobster meat and truffles to CARDINAL

Bechamel + 2 finely chopped hard boiled eggs + a handful of chopped parsley. Season.
* Fish, especially cod.

To Bechamel add 1/4 pint warm cream. Season.
* Boiled fish, plain veg., poultry, eggs

To Bechamel add 2 beaten egg yolks. Remove from heat, stir while it thickens up. Season.

Bechamel + 1 T tomato puree + 1 T butter. Season.
* Fish, eggs, or poultry

1 1/2 oz vinegar + 1 1/2 oz white wine + 1/2 shallot chopped + 1 sprig thyme + pinch pepper + bay leaf. Boil to reduce by half, strain. Add 1/2 pint bechamel and if possible mushroom essence or 3 oz water in which mushrooms have cooked or reconstituted Simmer 10 minutes, add 2 T butter and 2 T cream, season
* Egg, fish, or plainly cooked chicken

To the Bechamel add 6 oz grated cheese (Parmesan or Gruyere if possible). Remove from heat and stir well. S, add a pinch of nutmeg and a pinch of cayenne.

Bechamel + 1 lb chopped onion cooked soft in 1/2 pint dry white wine, pureed through a strainer. Add 3 oz cream. Beat well. Season.
* Lamb, mutton, or veg.
Notes:Sister instances (which also have progeny of their own):
Fonds Brun (Brown Stock)

"This is a re-creation of "la carte du sauces" from "Ou Est Le Garlic?",
a lovely dense little cookbook that's a collection of "how to cook"
cartoon strips from some newspaper or other. Suitable for framing,
reducing, indexing, or PDAing."

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