One sauce, many meals

05 Jan

If you’ve never made a white sauce/cheese sauce, you are definitely missing out on a lot of easy meals. It’s definitely one to learn how to make. This week alone, I have made scalloped potatoes, cauliflower and cheese, and you can even make macaroni and cheese with it. Here’s a basic recipe:

What you need:

3 T flour
1 – 2 cups milk
3 T butter/margarine
1 cup cheese

What you do:

1. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
2. Add the flour and stir.
3. Add the milk and stir with a whisk ( I used to stir with a fork but it seems to come out creamier with a whisk).
4. After the sauce begins to thicken, add the cheese and mix. Be careful because once it begins to thicken, it tends to thicken quickly.

Scalloped Potatoes
Now, you can add the sauce to thinly sliced uncooked potatoes (about 4 cups) and you have scalloped/au gratin potatoes. Just butter a rectangular baking dish, add about half of the raw slices of potatoes, pour half the sauce over, add the rest of the potatoes, then the rest of the sauce. Sprinkle with grated cheese and paprika and bake till potatoes are tender, maybe 40 minutes or so. I cover the dish so they won’t dry out, insha Allah.

Macaroni and Cheese
Make the sauce and just butter a baking dish, add cooked macaroni, and then add the sauce and mix and bake, till bubbly.

Make vegetables disappear
I am a big kid I guess. I will not eat broccoli or cauliflower without being smothered in cheese. Just cut up broccoli or cauliflower or use frozen, cook till tender, butter the baking dish, add the broccoli or cauliflower, then the cheese sauce, mix and bake till bubbly.

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