bé·​cha·​mel | \ ˌbā-shə-ˈmel How to pronounce béchamel (audio) \

Definition of béchamel

: a rich white sauce

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Luckily the cheese was hot enough for the final, customary stir in which molten cheese, fresh egg, and a couple of pats of butter create a cheesy, bechamel-like hot dip. Sunset, "This Cheese-Stuffed, Butter-Topped Pizza Is All the Rage—and You Should Grill It Now!," 22 Jan. 2018 The accompanying truffle aioli was well-executed but the croquetas would have benefited from a dipping sauce with an acidic punch, something to help cut through the intensity of the bechamel. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Spanish flavors are bold (but imperfect) at this Louisville restaurant," 27 June 2018 Luscious little balls of salty ham and minced chicken were stirred into a thick bechamel sauce before being breaded and fried. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Spanish flavors are bold (but imperfect) at this Louisville restaurant," 27 June 2018 The ham, gruyere and bechamel meshed in fresh and flavorful fashion. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Diners can get a square deal at Square Meal, a Hotel Revival restaurant," 24 May 2018 Shrimp and crawfish got into the action with McAdoo’s answer to queso, a bechamel-style melt called Seafood Fondoo that blended firm, fresh tails with mushrooms and spinach. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: McAdoo’s Seafood rides a strong wave in New Braunfels," 10 May 2018 Emmanuel puts a Rhodian spin on pastitsio, a layered casserole of pasta and ground beef in red sauce baked with a bechamel topping ($10.50), and revithokeftedes, Greek falafel ($7.50). Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "Authentic Greek to grab and go at the Grape Leaf," 2 Apr. 2018 Other days there might be cheese and bechamel or ragu lasagna. Linda Bladholm, miamiherald, "Cakes and confections with an Italian spirit highlight this new Miami Beach bakery | Miami Herald," 22 Mar. 2018 If that doesn’t whet your appetite, maybe the Brazilian moqueca and squash ravioli in a bechamel sauce will. Bloomberg.com, "From Ceviche to Bechamel: How Brazil's Smallest Airline Competes," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of béchamel

1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for béchamel

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

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