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Plate of cauliflower and broccoli.


Easy sauce that goes well with steamed vegetables.
Course Sauce
Cuisine French
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 to 5 servings
Calories 177kcal
Author Joe Boyle


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 level tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • pinch grated nutmeg
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 to 3 tbsp dry white wine
  • 2 slices white bread , crusts trimmed and pulsed to crumbs in a food processor.


  • Melt butter on medium heat in a heavy sauce pan.
  • Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute.
  • Add in half the milk while whisking to eliminate lumping, then add the remaining milk.
  • Bring to a boil, add the bay leaf, salt, pepper, and nutmeg, then reduce to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes, then add dijon mustard and wine and whisk to combine.
  • Remove from heat and serve hot over vegetables.
  • Garnish with toasted bread crumbs, as follows
  • In a nonstick skillet on medium high heat, melt 1 tbsp butter
  • Add bread crumbs and stir to coat with butter
  • Stir continually until the crumbs are toasted, 4 to 5 minutes


Calories: 177kcal