Modernist Béchamel

Preparation info

  • yield:

    1 quart

    • Difficulty


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By James Peterson

Published 1991

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Any number of hydrocolloids and emulsifiers can be used to thicken milk and create a béchamel sauce. Lambda carrageenan goes especially well with dairy products so it makes sense to use it here.


milk 1 qt


Bring the milk to a simmer with the bouquet garni. Simmer for 5 minutes, then take out the bouquet garni. Sprinkle the lambda carrageenan over the milk and blend with an immersion blender. Bring back to a simmer while continuing to blend. Strain through a chinois and season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.