bé·​cha·​mel ˌbā-shə-ˈmel How to pronounce béchamel (audio)
: a rich white sauce

Examples of béchamel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No trendy or costly ingredients went into her one-pot dishes, no spices beyond salt and pepper, no sauces other than homemade bechamel, mayonnaise or vinaigrette whisked up quickly with a fork. Jamie Schler, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 A little leaning tower of lasagna features chestnut pasta and roasted chestnuts, bound in rich bechamel and cheese, hinting of speck (smoked ham) and scented with sage. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2023 Nutmeg is used to make classic bechamel sauce, which is frequently used in lasagna and other pasta dishes. Marianne Williams, Southern Living, 16 Sep. 2023 The mac-n-cheese has an elevated pasta feel thanks to rigatoni noodles and a beefy bechamel sauce as its base. Alex Darus, cleveland, 28 July 2023 Spring for the sumptuous conch fritters — near-liquid with bechamel and onion in the center and light and golden as the best tempura outside. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 17 May 2023 After your salad of choice, ponder entree options including mafalde pasta Bolognese and meatballs; handkerchief pasta stuffed with meat ragu, ricotta and mozzarella and baked in bechamel; or braised short ribs with rigatoni and vodka cream sauce. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2023 The pasta offerings are focused, featuring a rigatoni Bolognese that comes with bechamel and pickled garlic, and a gnudi dish studded studded with ricotta and fennel pollen. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 11 May 2023 The menu includes a gyro sandwich; pastitsio -- layered pasta, ground meat and tomato sauce topped with bechamel sauce and cheese; Greek-style half-chicken with seasonings and lemon and a side of rice; Greek-spiced fries; tiropita -- homemade layers of feta cheese in phyllo; and baklava. cleveland, 24 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


French sauce béchamelle, from Louis de Béchamel †1703 French courtier

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of béchamel was in 1789

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“Béchamel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/b%C3%A9chamel. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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