What is a Mornay Sauce?
A Mornay sauce is essentially a bechamel sauce with a combination of cheese melted in. Some know the bechamel sauce by its less elegant name of white sauce. Bechamel sauce definitely sounds better, even if it’s basically only milk, flour and butter with a little salt, pepper and nutmeg. That’s it!
Traditionalists add an egg yolk to give it more creamy consistency (and reduce the amount of flour used). Yet I don’t think it’s necessary. I also often use olive oil instead of butter to improve its health benefits and make it vegan if I’m going that way.
With a Mornay sauce, at the end you add a combination of grated cheese, usually made up of Gruyère, Emmental, and Parmesan, or any single cheese. White cheddar or other cheeses can be used if you are feeling less conventional. A Mornay sauce is a wonderful base for any Mac and Cheese dish!
Vegans can replace the cheese and milk called for in this recipe with a nut-based alternative. They should also use olive oil instead of butter.
Try this sauce soon and let me know what you think. Feel free to season it a bit differently if it suits your dish. Thanks for sharing this recipe with your friends.