White Sauce Without The Murder

MURDER WITH WHITE SAUCE is the title of my NaNo novel this year. So, just in case you don’t know what white sauce is, imma tell you.

In France, they call it bechamel, but it ain’t a thing in the world but plain old milk gravy.


  • 1 Tablespoon butter, oil, margarine or meat grease
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup milk

Heat the butter (or whatever). Remove from heat and stir in the flour, mixing well. Return to heat and cook for a minute or so. Remove from heat and stir in milk. Return to heat and stir until sauce is thick and glossy.

If you want it thinner or thicker, adjust the proportions of milk and flour.

Cream will thicken more easily than low-fat milk.

Taste before you add salt and pepper, since the fat you start with will flavor the sauce you end up with.

You can add herbs and spices. You can begin with flavored oil or herbed butter. If you use spices, add them to the flour and toast them in the oil to release the full flavor.

Put some dill weed in with the milk and this is delicious over salmon.

A very versatile sauce.

WRITING PROMPT: How many ways can you combine “cat” with “white sauce”?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “White Sauce Without The Murder

  1. Clarissa Draper

    November 2, 2011 at 9:38am

    Sounds like a wonderful tale. Can’t wait to read it.

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  2. Dani G.

    November 2, 2011 at 4:54pm

    I love white sauce – hubbs likes hard-boiled eggs chopped in and over toast, it’s a great base for cream soups, and yummers as an extra layer in lasagna.

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      Marian Allen

      November 2, 2011 at 7:07pm

      Oh, yes! We like it over toast with ham chopped in. My grandfather says they called it SOS when he was in the army. When little me asked him what SOS stood for, he said, “Same old stuff.” My husband informs me that this was not, in fact, the case. lol!

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  3. Shasha

    November 7, 2011 at 9:42am

    ooh sounds like an interest story! 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      November 7, 2011 at 12:10pm

      Thanks, Sasha! I hope it interests somebody besides me. I’m having a blast writing it. 🙂

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  4. Shasha

    November 7, 2011 at 9:44am

    oopsss it should be *an interesting story, my bad.

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  5. KateW81

    November 29, 2011 at 6:49am

    I love the creamy white sauce, and your novel sounds interesting… I’ll be waiting for it.

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      Marian Allen

      December 1, 2011 at 8:47am

      Thanks, Kate! It may be a while. 🙂 I’m working on a series, and I’m not sure where this one will come in.

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