Everyone who wants to make their own homemade foods should know how to make a good basic white sauce. This can be the basis of so many great dishes such as carbonara, lasagne, macaroni cheese, chicken pies and many more, it is also the basis of other sauces such as cheese sauce.
25g plain flour
30ml olive oil
240ml full fat milk
1/2tsp sea salt
1tsp crushed black peppercorn
The secret to a good white sauce is how you mix the ingredients, you can just chuck all the ingredients in together but you won’t get a very good white sauce and quite often it will be very lumpy.
In a large mug or small dish gently mix the olive oil and plain flour together until it is nice a smooth.
Slowly pour the warm milk into the flour and oil mixture gently stirring with a fork all the time.
Pour the mixture back into the saucepan or frying pan, return it to the heat and bring the sauce back up to a simmer whilst still stirring constantly.
To turn your white sauce into an extremely nice cheese sauce add 80g of grated cheddar cheese (don’t use the ready grated cheese as it has flour on it to prevent the pieces sticking together and will result in a gritty sauce) when you add the salt and pepper, gently stir until it has all melted.
To make a blue cheese sauce simply use 80g of finely crumbled blue cheese instead of cheddar cheese.