The Mother Sauces……
Have you ever noticed how a cream sauce of a cheese sauce over ANYTHING makes it more popular?
Can you blame them? Filled with butter and cream, this decadent addition makes my mouth water too!
Bechamel sauce is the classic French white sauce, but did you know there are 4 others??
Marinara, Hollandaise, Basic Brown Sauce, Veloute, and Béchamel…….these are known as the Mother Sauces: a basic sauce that serves as a base sauce to use in making other variations of the original sauce. Initially perfected by the French, all sauces are now universally categorized into one of 5 groups of sauces serving as a base or foundation for others sauces and referred to as the Grand or Mother Sauces.
By including some of these mother sauces into your kitchen repertoire, you will be able to take basic into bombastic!
Here is a recipe for Bechamel Sauce, come check out the cooking class on March 4th to learn the others!
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 4 cups milk
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over medium-low heat until melted. Add the flour and stir until smooth. Over medium heat, cook until the mixture turns a light, golden sandy color, about 6 to 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the milk in a separate pan until just about to boil. Add the hot milk to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth. Bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes, stirring constantly, then remove from heat. Season with salt and nutmeg, and set aside until ready to use.
Wednesday, March 4th
Saucy! – The Five “Mother Sauces”
6-8:30 pm / $50
Learn how to turn basic ingredients into divine sauces and dressings. What are the nuances of making both creamy and vinegar-based dressings? How do you make a roux?
We will be making the 5 “mother sauces”, Marinara, Hollandaise, Basic Brown Sauce, Veloute, and Béchamel. In addition, we will learn how to make several salad dressings from starch. Come to this class to hone your skills or learn the basics. This is a great class to have under you culinary tool belt!
Visit www.inthekitchennc.com for more information on this class, or call 478-0669, class held at in The Kitchen Cooking School….