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The Hell Of Lasagne (A Mini-Series), Day 2

Okay, my friend Jeffery talked me into this, and now I’m on Day 2 of The Hell Of Lasagne. If you missed Day 1, when I made the tomato sauce, you can click here to get up to speed. I’ve moved on now, making a béchamel, exactly as instructed by Jeffery.

Bechamel Sauce

3 cups whole milk (or 2 cups milk and 1 cup cream)
4 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly gound black pepper
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of cayenne pepper
¼ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

In a small saucepan, warm the milk over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until it starts to steam but does not boil. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the hot milk, then let the sauce cook for a couple of minutes. It will be quite thick. Stir in the Salt, pepper and spices and the cheese, stirring until the cheese melts. Set the sauce aside.

Okay, that’s done. There are only about a dozen more steps to this lasagne, which I will undertake, but not today. I’m a one-sauce-a-day kinda gal. I’m gonna put this in the fridge next to the tomato sauce and regroup tomorrow. Right now, I’m going to the Apple store to play with the iPad, to see if it’s as foolish as my daughters claim it is.

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5 Responses to “The Hell Of Lasagne (A Mini-Series), Day 2”

  1. Scot Colford Says:

    Love, love, love this idea. I await a post of success like I await the sun each morning. I must recreate this recipe soon.

  2. Scot Colford Says:

    Oh, and the iPad is as foolish as your daughters say. Just sayin’.

  3. ilaria Says:

    my besciamella sauce, the original italian, is : 1 liter of milk. put 800 ml in a pot with 40 grams of butter. mix with a whip the flour with the rest of the milk. add flour while mixing until the milk a little more liquid than a yoghurt. then put in the pot with the milk+butter (if the butter is melt and the milk is near to boil. continue with the whip until it become dense. then add nutmeg and salt. and voilà ^__^

  4. Larry Says:

    More cheese please. Try cottage cheese, it’s easy.

  5. chris Says:

    I like this breaking things down into steps thing.
    I winged it on an eggplant parmesan dish yesterday and it wasn’t pretty…..apparently I just wasn’t done and need to “finish it” tonight.

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