It’s fun to play “fancy French food” in the kitchen every once in awhile. Unfortunately, I am not classically trained and some techniques and ingredients are just beyond my reach. But when you’re cookin’ up a duck breast, you can’t help but want to make it a l’orange, right? Enter, my cheats sauce…
This is just a fun little sauce I came up with and have developed slowly, experimenting with seasonings and accompanying main dishes each time I make it. I think I’ve finally got it down and am ready to share.
Considered one of the “mother sauces” of French cuisine, you can’t not feel fancy when you master this staple.
Note About This Recipe: This recipe is for a basic bechamel sauce. Once you’ve mastered this, you can experiment with fun flavor combinations by infusing your favorite herbs, spices, veggies, and cheeses into the milk base. In fact, this base sauce is the foundation for other staple sauces, like alfredo, mornay, and more complex recipes like chowders and even souffles — super fancy!