Mornay Cheese Sauce

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This is a basic cheese sauce that can be served over vegetables, on open-faced sandwiches, or with pasta. Parmesan, Monterey jack, or any other cheese you prefer may be substituted for the Cheddar.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 45 minutes

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 whole cloves
  • ¼ small onion, peeled
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. ground white pepper
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions

  • Poke the cloves into the quarter onion.
  • Put the milk in a saucepan with the onion and bay leaf, heat to scalding (not quite boiling), and then turn off the heat. Let steep for 15 minutes. Remove onion and bay leaf.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; add flour. Cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually add hot milk; whisk to smooth out lumps. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until thickened, 10–20 minutes. Stir frequently during simmering to prevent sticking and burning on the bottom. Remove from heat.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Quickly whisk in the egg yolk and shredded cheese. Allow time for the cheese to melt, then stir before serving.

Recipe Information

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 whole cloves
  • ¼ small onion, peeled
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. ground white pepper
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions

  • Poke the cloves into the quarter onion.
  • Put the milk in a saucepan with the onion and bay leaf, heat to scalding (not quite boiling), and then turn off the heat. Let steep for 15 minutes. Remove onion and bay leaf.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; add flour. Cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually add hot milk; whisk to smooth out lumps. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until thickened, 10–20 minutes. Stir frequently during simmering to prevent sticking and burning on the bottom. Remove from heat.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Quickly whisk in the egg yolk and shredded cheese. Allow time for the cheese to melt, then stir before serving.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories310
Total Fat22g
Saturated Fat13g
Cholesterol95mg
Sodium420mg
Total Carbohydrate12g
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars8g
Protein15g