Recipe FAQ's

How to make the perfect sauce

Recipe FAQ's

How to make the perfect sauce

I make a lot of gravies and sauces on this blog. But have you ever wondered how it’s done? Sure, I say to put this, this and this together and magically there is a perfect sauce or gravy, but what I do, I do by feel and sometimes I can’t express that well when typed. So I decided to put together a “perfect sauce” tutorial in photos to help illustrate how I make great gravies and cream sauces.

To illustrate the techniques I use to get the best results, I made a creamy cheese sauce for my homemade macaroni and cheese. I have no formal training as a chef or cook, but this is what works for me. Also, I don’t measure when it comes to a few recipes that I make. Pancakes, mac and cheese and chili are a few recipes that are like this. I do these things by feel so the measurements are not as accurate as one would think.

METHOD

  1. In a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat (between 3 and 5 depending on your stove) melt the butter.
  2. Once the butter is melted, slowly add the flour a little at a time, being sure to incorporate it completely each time you add more. You want to have a buttery paste.

This process is the same for a gravy.
Instead of using butter you will use pan drippings (unless you have very little to no pan drippings). Add the flour in the same way, until you have a paste. Then add the water left over from cooking your vegetables or broth if you drained the water, just like you would if making the cream sauce. When doing gravy, you can bring to a complete simmer as you have no milk that can be scorched. But remember to stir constantly. Once thickened your gravy will be done and ready to serve.

I don’t know. I feel like I was still a bit vague, but sometimes cooking is! Doing things by feel when you’re comfortable in a kitchen and especially by the grill, that’s just how some of us roll. If you still need some clarification, give me a shout. I would be happy to help in any way I can. Email me at [email protected] if you need to chat.

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