\ ˈrü \
plural roux\ˈrüz \

Definition of roux 

: a cooked mixture of flour and fat used as a thickening agent in a soup or a sauce

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Add flour to create a roux and cook, stirring regularly, about 2 minutes. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You Asked for It: Final Approach Tilapia-Wrapped Shrimp," 12 Mar. 2018 Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until slightly thickened and the taste of flour cooks out of the roux, about 10-15 minutes. Claire Perez,, "Burt & Max's decadent mac and cheese is better than Mom's," 22 June 2018 Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer, then gradually whisk it into the pan with the roux, continuing to whisk until the mixture is smooth. Noelle Carter,, "Cooking for comfort? Anthony Bourdain's rich lasagna Bolognese is one of our favorites," 8 June 2018 Gabrielle's accomplishes that mission and then some with a silken dark roux broth, fresh housemade sausage ingeniously seasoned to resemble the flavor palette of oysters Rockefeller and that smoked quail that doesn't fit a cup. Brett Anderson,, "Gabrielle, the New Orleans restaurant that makes time stand still, explained," 8 May 2018 Gradually add roux to soup and let simmer until thickened. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Beans & Barley's clam chowder is 'exquisite'," 23 Apr. 2018 If roux is not the dark brown color of pecan shells, continue microwaving for 10 seconds stirring, checking color until roux reaches desired color. Ann Maloney,, "Easy etouffee recipe: On the table in 30 minutes or less," 9 Jan. 2018 There was cheese grating, roux making, onion chopping, vegetable prepping, side dish making. Gordon Edgar, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of America’s Appetite for Macaroni and Cheese," 30 May 2018 To put a healthy spin on the seafood dish, Ali uses whole wheat flour instead of white flour in her roux and subs butter for extra-virgin olive oil. Julie Mazziotta,, "Laila Ali Proves That Gumbo Doesn't Have to Be Unhealthy with This Lightened-Up Recipe," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of roux

1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for roux

French, from beurre roux brown butter

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