Super Tasty White Sauce

"There was a lack of sauces on recipezaar so I thought I would make a contribution. A very nice sauce with many uses. I will post some recipes where I use it."
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  • Place the butter in a preheated suacepan and melt the butter down (on low heat).
  • Once the butter is melted down add the plain flour.
  • Stir well and cook the mixture of butter and plain flour which should go a bit lumpy and dry at this stage.
  • Very important that you cook this well (2-4 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and slowly, very slowly add the milk and stir in.
  • The sauce should now be getting smooth.
  • If it is lumpy you have been adding the milk to fast.
  • Keep adding the milk until the desired thickness is achieved.
  • Add the paprika for a bit of extra kick.
  • Any other herbs or things like lemons can be added for a bit of extra taste.
  • This sauce is used in my fish and white sauce and my tuna mornay recipes as well so look for them.

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  1. Just J
    This was a super easy, super fantastic recipe. I paired it with some seasoned chicken and veggies and served over egg noodles. It was a hit. I added my milk to fast and it got lumpy, but was able to save it with a a whisk and continuous stirring. Great flavor and easy to follow recipe. Thanks for a great recipe ben
  2. bierykbjb
    very nice sauce! I added some cheddar cheese and poured it over steamed cabbage and cauliflower! yum yum!
  3. dogsandwoods
    Used as the basis for Swedish meatballs, I eliminated the paprika and added allspice, nutmeg and a dash of garlic powder. Perfect. Thank you for posting the basic white sauce recipe!
  4. Amis227
    Very nice. I followed the directions but found that I had to add some extra flour to get the consistency that I was looking for and it took longer to cook. We made it as a base sauce to go over our tuna noodle casserole and all the kids liked it. I added dried parmesan cheese with herbs, garlic, salt and pepper.
  5. Kaanga
    Good recipe. I omitted the paprika and instead added salt, nutmeg, and fresh ground cinamon and served this over pumpkin ravioli. Yum!


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