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    Magic White Sauce (and Variations)

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    20 mins

    5 mins

    15 mins

    Kookaburra's Note:

    Sick of lumpy sauce? Hate making that flour and butter roux? Here's the answer! This is the easiest version of White Sauce ever. You won’t believe it works until you try it! You will need a wire balloon whisk for this recipe and you must make sure that all ingredients are cold (or at least at room temperature) to begin with. Thanks to English food writer, Delia Smith, for discovering this all-in-one method. The following are my simplified adaptations for Basic White Sauce, along with variations for Mustard Sauce, Cheese Sauce (Mornay Sauce) and Parsley Sauce.

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    1. 1
      Pour milk into a saucepan.
    2. 2
      Add all other ingredients.
    3. 3
      Place pan over a medium heat, and, using a wire balloon whisk, whisk sauce constantly until butter melts.
    4. 4
      Be sure to work the whisk into the edges of the pan to incorporate all the flour.
    5. 5
      Whisk frequently until the mixture comes to a boil.
    6. 6
      Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce reaches the desired consistency.
    7. 7
      Taste and add extra seasoning if required.
    8. 8
      Variations: Mustard Sauce Make sauce as per recipe, but use 1 ½ cups milk and ½ cup chicken stock.
    9. 9
      Along with the salt, add 2 teaspoons mustard powder, ¼ teaspoon onion powder and substitute a good pinch of cayenne pepper for the black pepper.
    10. 10
      Stir in 1 teaspoon lemon juice when sauce is completed.
    11. 11
      Cheese Sauce Make sauce as per recipe, but use 1 cup milk and 1 cup cream.
    12. 12
      Along with the salt, add a good pinch of nutmeg and substitute a good pinch of cayenne pepper for black pepper.
    13. 13
      At the simmering stage stir in 75g- 100g grated tasty cheese (I like a mixture of mature cheddar and parmesan).
    14. 14
      Stir in 1 teaspoon lemon juice when sauce is completed.
    15. 15
      Parsley Sauce Make sauce as per recipe, but use 1 ¾ cups milk and ¼ cup cream.
    16. 16
      When sauce is finished, mix in 4 tablespoons finely chopped parsley and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 21, 2012


      I can't believe I've never reviewed this Kooka! Delicious, easy & yes, a little bit magic! I have used this recipe to make both cheese & mustard sauces with perfect results every time. Update: I reviewed this years ago & thought I would add that it is still my "go to" white sauce & the one I recommend to others. I am thinking II would like to try it as the base for a fish pie. I'll let you know how that goes :-)

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    • on January 21, 2012


      I used this recipe to make green bean casserole. Added 1 cu mushrooms, glove garlic and topped with panko crumbs with a little dry onion soup mix. The best ever. I don't think I'll be going back to cream can soups when you can adjust this sauce so many ways. Plus it's easy.

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    • on November 16, 2012


      Extremely easy and taste great. I added 1/2 tsp of garlic salt and onion powder, a little extra pepper, parmesan cheese shavings, parsley and a little lemon at the end to finish it. This went wonderfully with some lobster tortellini. Thanks for posting.

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    Nutritional Facts for Magic White Sauce (and Variations)

    Serving Size: 1 (653 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 626.9
    Calories from Fat 446
    Total Fat 49.5 g
    Saturated Fat 31.1 g
    Cholesterol 141.0 mg
    Sodium 1056.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 35.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
    Sugars 0.1 g
    Protein 11.6 g

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