Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
A easy sauce that works very well on vegetables and fish. Can be prepared with or without the mushrooms. This recipe comes from Marie Antonin Careme, "L'Art de la cuisine francaise au dix-neuvieme siecle", 1854, vol III. Preparation and cook times are approximate. Enjoy.
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole milk
- 7 ounces common mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch fine salt, to taste
- 1 pinch fresh ground white pepper, to taste
- Prepare a sauce bechamel:.
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat.
- Stir in the flour and cook for a couple of minutes.
- Do not allow the flour to brown.
- Gradually mix in the milk and bring to a low boil.
- When the sauce is thick and smooth, stir in the nutmeg and pepper.
- Taste for salt.
- Keep the sauce at a low simmer until needed.
- Prepare the mushrooms:.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a fry pan over medium heat.
- Add the sliced mushrooms, sprinkle lightly with salt and cook.
- Stir often to prevent burning.
- When the mushrooms start to release water, add the lemon juice and increase the heat to high.
- When all the liquid has evaporated, add the mushrooms to the sauce.
- Just before serving, off the heat, stir in the last 1 tablespoon of butter.
I made this to serve over Mushroom Stuffed Salmon Fillet and it was perfect! I cut milk in half and used the water I had reserved from reconstituting dried mushrooms. I think next time I will finely chop the mushrooms before sauteing. Thanks George for a great recipe!
Extremely good, a traditional suace, but easy and flavoursome, my family loved it, and I will definitely be making this more often as it will go with meats, vegetables, pastas, over rice... very versatile! My family love mushrooms and this is yet another way to serve these versatile vegetables. Thank you George, for an excellent recipe. Made for PAC Spring 2008