White: Marian's White Sauce

posted by Marian C Brown 01-14-103 6:22 AM

Marian's White Sauce

2 Tbsp. + 1-1/2 tsp. butter (room temp.)
2 Tbsp. + 1-1/2 tsp. all-purpose flour
3/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1-1/2 cups warm milk
2 Tbsp. freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

In a small bowl, combine first four ingredients with a fork until well blended. Press together in a lump. If preparing this ahead of time you can chill until ready to use.

Place lump in a small saucepan, turning heat to medium-high. As mixture is melting, stir constantly but gently.
When mixture begins to bubble allow it to cook for about 1 minute - stirring constantly.

Gradually add in warm milk, whisking well after each addition until mixture is smooth. I use 3 additions.
After final addition, bring sauce to a boil, then add cheese. Stirring constantly - bring sauce back to boil until cheese melts. Reduce heat and cook a further 3-5 minutes - stirring frequently.

Makes about 1-1/2 cups of sauce.

Addition Suggestions: basil, dill, garlic (minced or powdered), parsley, tarragon, white pepper, nutmeg, diced tomato, tobasco sauce, toasted pine nuts or any combination of the above.

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