Béchamel Sauce

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  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups warm skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper (or black)
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Directions

    In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the warm milk, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thick, smooth, and creamy, about 10 minutes (do not allow the béchamel sauce to boil). Remove from the heat and stir in the salt, pepper and nutmeg.
    (The sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead. Cool, then cover and refrigerate.)

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