|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 13g||16%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||31%|
|Total Carbohydrate 13g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||6%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Mornay sauce is a classic béchamel sauce (one of the five French mother sauces) enriched with Gruyère cheese and sometimes Parmesan. It's an ideal accompaniment for eggs—a French classic, eggs Mornay, is simply a variation on Eggs Benedict made with Mornay sauce in place of the usual hollandaise.
If you have made macaroni and cheese from scratch before, the ingredients and directions for this Mornay sauce may look familiar to you, as a béchamel with cheese added is often the recipe for the cheese sauce in homemade mac and cheese. Thus, it is an ideal accompaniment to pasta as well as steamed vegetables such as spinach in the Florentine style. You may also like it spooned over chicken or fish.
Gather your ingredients.
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter over medium-low heat.
Then stir in the flour to form a roux. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently until most of the water has cooked out (it will bubble less), which also allows the raw flour taste to cook off.
Slowly add 2 1/2 cups of the warm milk while whisking or stirring constantly so that the liquid is incorporated into the roux without forming lumps.
Stick the cloves into the onion and add to the sauce along with the bay leaf. Simmer for about 10 minutes, or until it's reduced by about 20 percent.
Remove the bay leaf and the onion and strain the sauce through a fine mesh strainer or a colander lined with cheesecloth. Make sure you retrieve all of the cloves.
Return the sauce to the pan. Add the Gruyère and Parmesan cheeses and stir until the cheese has melted.
Remove from heat, stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, and adjust the consistency with some or all of the remaining 1/2 cup milk if necessary. Serve right away with pasta, chicken, or fish. Enjoy!
Can You Make Mornay Sauce in Advance?
While it's true that Mornay is best used right after it's made, you can make it the night before, through step 6. Keep it covered in the fridge and then when you're ready to finish it, heat it through on the stovetop over medium-low heat and add the cheeses and continue the recipe as directed.
- In classical cuisine, there are variations on the Mornay sauce where instead of making it with a béchamel base, it is made with chicken or fish stock. This turns it into a variation on the velouté sauce instead, which is an especially good sauce with chicken or fish; some might find standard Mornay sauce a bit rich for seafood.
How to Store and Freeze Mornay Sauce
Mornay can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for 4 to 5 days and will freeze as well for up to 3 months.
When you reheat this on the stovetop, do so over low heat. It may appear grainy or separated; simply whisk to combine the ingredients. If it's too thick, add a little milk or stock to thin it out if necessary. When it looks thick and glossy, it's ready to use.