A white sauce can form the base of many sauces so it is worth mastering. Follow my step by step guide to success.
Step by Step white sauce
25g plain flour
salt and freshly ground black pepper
pinch of grated nutmeg
For a basic cheese sauce:
125g cheddar cheese, grated
Melt the butter in a small saucepan and stir in the flour. Cook the flour over a low heat for about 1 minute, then remove from the heat. This is called a roux.
Add the milk a little at a time mixing well to remove any lumps before adding more
Continue adding the milk a little at a time until all the milk has been added.
Return the pan to the heat and cook gently, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens.
Season to taste with salt, pepper, and a little grated nutmeg.
To make a cheese sauce add the cheese before seasoning and cook stirring over a low heat until the cheese has melted. Then season to taste.