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Mornay Sauce

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Scald milk in a small saucepan and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a second saucepan and stir in flour. Cook for 1 minute then slowly add the hot milk. Whisk to eliminate lumps as sauce thickens.
  3. Remove pan from heat and bring to work surface. Add cheese and whisk until melted into the sauce.
  4. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cover and set aside.
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A rich, creamy béchamel sauce enhanced with grated cheese and a light sprinkling of nutmeg…

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    15 MIN
  • 1 C SERVINGS
Mornay Sauce

Calling all veggies, sandwiches and main courses desperate for attention! You need MORNAY SAUCE!

This story is making me feel pretty saucy, but for good reason. First, I’m hoping to inspire you to try your hand, and whisking skills, at making this classic MORNAY SAUCE. Second, I’ve got sauce on the brain, so am also going to finish this post off with links to other favourite sauces. Sauces are often just the thing to elevate the presentation and flavour of everything from pastas and main courses to vegetables and even sandwiches. 

Since this story isn’t just about homemade Mornay but also other essential sauce recipes, it’s best to bookmark this page or PIN it for future access. We know you’ll reference these recipes and tips often.

Let’s begin with a quick chat about MORNAY SAUCE:

Ingredients for Mornay sauce

SAUCE ESSENTIALS

The ingredients for this recipe reflect the springboard for virtually every white sauce – butter, flour and milk. So far, so good. This basic white sauce, a.k.a BÉCHAMEL, then gets enhanced with cheese. There’s something quite captivating about a rich, creamy, cheesy sauce – wait until you try it.

Assorted cheese all of which can be used in a mornay

CHEESE PLEASE

We know you’ll appreciate the versatility that comes with a good MORNAY SAUCE. Just remember, you can try this recipe with lots of different cheeses. We’ve had great success with Gruyère and Emmental but finely grated Parmesan (see our MEAT LASAGNA), white cheddar and Comté work well too. Feel free to try any and all of these suggestions or pick your favourite cheese and give it a go. 

Croque Monsieur served for lunch

TRY THIS

After following our step-by-step guide you’ll have an exceptionally wonderful sauce in hand. Then what? Try this MORNAY SAUCE on our OVEN-ROASTED ASPARAGUS or drizzle it on these GARLIC-SMASHED POTATOES. One of our favourite, and we think most brilliant, uses is to add some to both the inside and outside of a CROQUE MONSIEUR, an oven-baked ham and cheese. Yummy!

MORNAY SAUCE, for when you’re feeling saucy!

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Mornay Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup grated cheese, like Gruyère, Emmental, Parmesan
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • black or white pepper to taste
  • grated nutmeg

Directions

  1. Scald milk in a small saucepan and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a second saucepan and stir in flour. Cook for 1 minute then slowly add the hot milk. Whisk to eliminate lumps as sauce thickens.
  3. Remove pan from heat and bring to work surface. Add cheese and whisk until melted into the sauce.
  4. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cover and set aside.

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