Béchamel Sauce, also known as white sauce, is traditionally made with milk, butter, flour and other ingredients. Béchamel Sauce is known as one of the ‘mother sauces’ in classical cuisine – it is used to make lasagne, moussaka, creamy mushroom sauce and all kinds of other fun dishes.
Having said that, don’t you think it’s a little unfair to exclude all the gluten-free (or dairy-free) peeps from this world of fun and taste? I agree! Which is why I am very excited to share my gloriously gluten-free version. But, you don’t need to be ‘gluten-free’ or ‘dairy-free’ in order to try this recipe. Why not try something a little less traditional this week? Who knows – your body might actually like it.
Gloriously Gluten-free Béchamel Sauce:
- 5 tbs olive oil
- 2 cups diced red onion
- 6 cloves garlic
- ½ cup All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
- 5 cups unsweetened almond Milk
- 2 tbs arrowroot powder
- Sea salt and pepper to taste.
Step 1: Heat oil in large pan on medium/medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic.
Step 2: Sauté onion and garlic until they are soft and slightly browned.
Step 3: Lower heat to add almond milk and gluten free flour. Whisk for a minute or two.
Step 4: Raise heat to medium high and add arrowroot powder. Continue to whisk until sauce thickens – should thicken in another 2 – 3 minutes.
Step 5: Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste.
I have used this sauce in making gluten-free lasagne (blog post coming soon) and as a topping for steamed broccoli. Both turned out great.
Gluten (the protein composite found in wheat) and diary are controversial topics; who should go gluten-free? if it’s gluten-free does that mean it’s healthy too? is diary good for me? These are important questions.
Dr Gesik and I have assisted many clients in navigating this confusing nutritional landscape. If you’re wondering whether you might benefit from eliminating these common food allergens from your diet, or how you would go about doing that in a healthful way, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you.