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Gluten Free White Sauce--Key Recipe

Updated June 24, 2017

Gluten Free White Sauce--Key Recipe

Master this terrific gluten free white sauce recipe, choose a variation and makeover lackluster meals into irresistible gourmet delights!

Also known as "cream sauce", it is the most elementary of sauces, the basis for yummy creamed dishes, cream soups, gravies and other special foods, such as soufflés and puddings.

The term, "cream" refers not to the addition of dairy ingredients, such as butter or heavy whipping cream, but to the texture and viscosity of the sauce.

Cooks often shy away from making this sauce, thinking it is difficult to turn out a successful product.

This is not true!

White sauce making is a simple technique.  Just follow the instructions and check out the tips below.  The key to mastery is properly developing the roux, stirring constantly and vigilance.

What is Roux?

Roux is a French term for "butter paste", a concoction of softened butter and flour of the proper proportions for the desired sauce consistency, such as thin, medium or thick gluten free white sauce.

Roux is cooked over low heat until the mixture becomes smooth and bubbles, about 1 minute or so.

The proportion of butter varies with the flour.  Classic white sauce recipes call for a 1:1 proportion of butter to white wheat flour, for example 2 tablespoons butter to 2 tablespoons white wheat flour.

This gluten free sauce recipe eliminates gluten by substituting White Gluten Free Flour Blend in place of the white wheat flour.

Some people are allergic to certain types of flours and starches.  Consult the Gluten-free Substitutions Chart for an equivalent flour and starch to substitute for the White Gluten Free Flour Blend called for in the key recipe.

Make up a batch of roux and store it in a covered container in the refrigerator to have on hand for quickly thickening soups, gravies and sauces.

It's one of those tricks-of-the-trades savvy chefs use in fine restaurants and diners to expedite food preparation process.


Gluten Free White Sauce Tips

  • Thin Gluten Free White Sauce has the consistency of coffee creamers and is the perfect base for creating health building tasty cream soups and making cooked vegetables really special.


  • Medium Gluten Free White Sauce has the consistency of thick heavy whipping cream.  Use it for creamed and scalloped foods, such as creamed meats, vegetables and casseroles.


  • Thick Gluten Free White Sauce has the consistency of a heavy batter, great for making croquettes and splendid soufflés.


  • Leave the double boiler inherited from Grandma in the back of the cupboard and cook white sauces over direct heat.  Not only will direct cooking save money, white sauces made using this cookery method taste wonderfully flavorful.


  • If for some reason a cook must temporarily step away from cooking white sauce, remove it from the heat source.


  • To prevent lumps from forming in the sauce, use a wire whisk instead of spoon to incorporate ingredients.  If lumps do form, use a rotary beater to blend sauce until smooth.


  • Double the white sauce recipe and store the leftovers inside a covered container in the refrigerator for later use to dress up another meal or to enhance leftovers.


  • White sauces made with half & half, light or heavy whipping cream are rich and delicious, indeed.  Frugal cooks can achieve similar results by substituting a can of evaporated milk and adding water to required measure or increasing the milk protein content of a milk-based sauce with the addition of powdered milk, about 1/2 cup per 2 cups of milk.


  • If gluten-free white sauce is too thick, whisk in more milk until desired consistency is reached.  Likewise, if sauce is too thin, whisk in a bit of cooked roux and simmer while stirring constantly until desired consistency is reached.


  • For those allergic to dairy products, a scrumptious white sauce can still be achieved by using a flavorful non-dairy fat or oil and a favorite non-dairy milk substitute.  For best results choose an unsweetened milk substitute with no added flavorings, such as vanilla extract.

Create a New Culinary Adventure!

Play with flavor nuances by changing up the fat.  Instead of butter, use non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening, lard, tallow, bacon grease or use one of many varieties of cold pressed oils, such as walnut or coconut oils.

Experiment with different herbs and spices.  Dare to add a dash or two of tantilizing flavor from all those bottles of flavors sitting on the cupboard shelf, such as Sriracha HOT Chili Sauce or Tabasco Pepper Sauce, prepared Dijon mustard or chopped dried tomatoes.

Wow your family and friends with a new creation by dishing up family favorites and leftovers with a new gluten free white sauce variation!


Gluten Free White Sauce Recipe

Gluten Free White Sauce-- Key Recipe
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Time:  15 minutes

Servings:  2 cups


Thin Gluten Free White Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter (or shortening)
  • 2 tablespoons White Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups milk (or milk substitute)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together flour, salt and paprika.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
  3. Stir in flour mixture; cook until mixture is smooth and bubbling, about one minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Gradually add milk, whisking in rapidly.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 to 11 minutes; stir constantly and be careful sauce does not boil.

Medium Gluten Free White Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter (or shortening)
  • 1/4 cup White Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups milk (or milk substitute)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together flour, salt and paprika.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
  3. Stir in flour mixture; cook until mixture is smooth and bubbling, about one minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Gradually add milk, whisking in rapidly.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 to 11 minutes; stir constantly and be careful sauce does not boil.

Thick (Heavy) Gluten Free White Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter (or shortening)
  • 1/2 cup White Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups milk (or milk substitute)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together flour, salt and paprika.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
  3. Stir in flour mixture; cook until mixture is smooth and bubbling, about one minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Gradually add milk, whisking in rapidly.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 to 11 minutes; stir constantly and be careful sauce does not boil.

Variations

Almond Sauce

  1. Prepare as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. To flour mixture, add 2 teaspoons gluten-free bouillon granules.
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
  4. Stir in 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds.
  5. Cook as directed in key recipe.
  6. Serve with fish or cooked vegetables.


Bleu Cheese Sauce

  1. Prepare and cook as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. Remove sauce from heat and stir in 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese.
  3. Serve with cooked vegetables.


Caper Sauce

  1. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.
  2. Stir in 1/4 cup minced capers and 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley.
  3. Serve over brains, fish, lamb or sweetbreads.


Caraway Sauce

  1. To flour mixture, add 1 to 2 tablespoons caraway seeds.
  2. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.
  3. Stir in 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley.
  4. Serve over cooked cabbage, ham, pork, sauerkraut or spareribs.


Celery Sauce

  1. To flour mixture, add 1 teaspoon celery seed.
  2. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.
  3. Stir in 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley.
  4. Serve over cooked eggs, fish, heart or liver.


Cheese Sauce

  1. Prepare as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. To flour mixture, add 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder.
  3. Cook as directed in key recipe.
  4. Over low heat, stir in 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.
  5. Serve over cooked pasta, rice or cooked vegetables.


Cheese Pimento Sauce

  1. Prepare and cook as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. Remove sauce from heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups shredded Pimento cheese until cheese is melted or add 4 tablespoons diced pimentos to cooked cheese sauce.
  3. Serve over fish, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower or cooked leafy green vegetables.


Cream Sauce

  1. Prepare as directed in key recipe.
  2. Omit milk.
  3. Add 2 cups cream.
  4. Cook as directed in key recipe.


Creamy Sauce

Gluten Free White Sauce--Creamy Sauce
  1. In a small bowl, stir together flour, salt and paprika.
  2. To one cup cold milk, whisk in 1/2 cup powdered milk until dissolved, and then add rest of milk.
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
  4. Stir in flour mixture; cook until mixture is smooth and bubbling, about one minute, stirring constantly.
  5. Gradually add creamy milk mixture, whisking in rapidly.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 to 11 minutes; stir constantly and be careful sauce does not boil.


Cucumber Sauce

  1. Prepare as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. To flour mixture, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  3. Cook as directed in key recipe.
  4. Stir in 1 cup shredded, chopped or thinly sliced cucumber.
  5. Simmer sauce for 5 minutes more.
  6. Serve on the side with fish.
  7. (Zucchini can be substituted for cucumber)


Curry Sauce

Gluten Free White Sauce--Curry Sauce
  1. Prepare as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. Omit paprika.
  3. To flour mixture, add 4 teaspoons gluten-free curry powder.
  4. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
  5. Add 3 tablespoons grated onion and 1 clove garlic, minced.
  6. Stir in flour mixture; cook until mixture is smooth and bubbling, about one minute, stirring constantly.
  7. Cook as directed in key recipe.
  8. Serve over chicken, fish, lamp, potatoes, rice or shrimp.


Dill Sauce

Gluten Free White Sauce--Dill Sauce
  1. Prepare as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. To flour mixture add 1 to 3 teaspoons crushed dill seeds.
  3. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.

Or

  1. Prepare as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. Stir in 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill weed with milk.
  3. Cook as directed in key recipe.

Serve over cooked eggs, fish, lamb, potatoes or veal.



Egg Sauce

  1. Prepare and cook as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. Stir in 4 chopped hard cooked eggs.

Or

  1. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons gluten-free Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup lemon juice or tarragon vinegar, 2 to 4 hard cooked eggs sliced.
  2. Serve over fish, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower or cooked leafy green vegetables.


Herb Garlic Sauce

Gluten Free White Sauce--Herb Garlic Sauce
  1. Prepare as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. To flour mixture, add 1 teaspoon crushed dried basil or tarragon. 
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
  4. Add 2 cloves minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Cook sauce as directed in key recipe.
  6. Serve with cooked vegetables.


Herb Sauce

Gluten Free White Sauce--Herb Sauce
  1. Prepare as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. To flour mixture, add 1 teaspoon crushed dried herbs, such as basil, marjoram, oregano, sage, thyme or tarragon, or add 1 teaspoon caraway or celery seeds. 
  3. Cook sauce as directed in key recipe.
  4. Serve with poultry or cooked vegetables.


Horseradish Sauce

  1. Prepare as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. To starch flour, add 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard.
  3. Cook sauce as directed in key recipe.
  4. Stir in 1/4 cup grated fresh horseradish and simmer 5 minutes longer.
  5. Spoon the sauce into a decorative serving dish.
  6. Garnish sauce with a sprinkling of paprika.
  7. Serve on the side with beef, ham, heart, kidney, liver, pork or tongue.


Italian Cheese Sauce

Gluten Free White Sauce--Italian Cheese Sauce
  1. Prepare and cook as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. Stir in 1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan or Romano cheese.
  3. Serve with beef, hamburgers, gluten-free Italian sausage, pork, poultry or cooked vegetables. 


Lemon Chive Sauce

  1. Prepare and cook as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. Stir in 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives or 2 teaspoons freeze-dried chives, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  3. Serve over fish or cooked vegetables.


Medium Gluten Free White Sauce Dry Mix

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cups powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup White Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients and store in an air tight container.
  2. To use, blend Medium Gluten Free White Sauce Dry Mix with 2 cups water.
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, melt 1/4 cup butter.
  4. Gradually add milk mixture, whisking in rapidly.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 to 11 minutes; stir constantly and be careful sauce does not boil.


Mock Hollandaise Sauce

Gluten Free White Sauce--Mock Hollandaise Sauce
  1. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.
  2. Whisk in 4 beaten egg yolks.
  3. Whisk in 4 tablespoons melted butter and 6 tablespoons lemon juice.


Mushroom Sauce

Gluten Free White Sauce--Mushroom Sauce
  1. In a small bowl, stir together flour, salt and paprika.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
  3. Add 1 to 2 cups sliced mushrooms and 2 teaspoons grated onion, and then sauté for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in flour mixture; cook until mixture is smooth and bubbling, about 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  5. Prepare and cook sauce as directed in key recipe.
  6. Serve over cooked eggs, croquettes, fish, ham, meat patties, pasta or rice.


Mustard Sauce

Gluten Free White Sauce--Mustard Sauce
  1. To flour mixture add 2 to 4 teaspoons dry mustard.
  2. Prepare and cook sauce as directed in key recipe.
  3. Serve over corned beef, ham, heart, liver, pork or tongue.


Olive Sauce

  1. Omit salt.
  2. Prepare and cook sauce as directed in key recipe.
  3. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped or sliced olives.
  4. Salt the sauce to taste.
  5. Serve over cooked eggs, fish, ham, lamb, veal, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower or cooked leafy green vegetables.


Onion Sauce

  1. To flour mixture add a dash of cayenne pepper.
  2. Prepare and cook sauce as directed in key recipe.
  3. Stir in 2 cups sautéed minced onion.
  4. Serve over cooked eggs, heart, lamb, liver, pork, tongue or veal.


Pimento Sauce

  1. Prepare and cook sauce as directed in key recipe.
  2. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped canned or sautéed fresh pimento.
  3. Serve over cooked eggs, fish, lamb, liver or pork.


Piquant Sauce

  1. Prepare as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. To flour mixture, add a pinch of dried thyme and a dash of fresh ground nutmeg.  
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
  4. Add 3 cups chopped onions and 2 cups shredded carrots, and sauté for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in flour mixture; cook until mixture is smooth and bubbling, about 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Prepare and cook sauce as directed in key recipe.
  7. Stir in 1/4 cup lemon juice or tarragon vinegar, and 4 tablespoons minced fresh parsley. 
  8. Serve over fish, ham, heart, liver, rice, veal, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower or cooked leafy green vegetables.


Richer Cheese Sauce

  1. Prepare as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. To flour mixture, add 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder.
  3. Cook sauce as directed in key recipe.
  4. Over low heat, stir in 3 teaspoons sherry, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.
  5. Serve over egg-based dishes, pasta, rice or cooked vegetables.


Sauce Mornay

  1. Prepare as directed in Thick Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. To flour mixture add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
  3. Omit milk.
  4. Add 2 cups cream.
  5. Cook sauce as directed in key recipe.
  6. Stir in 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese or Swiss cheese, or grated fresh Parmesan cheese.
  7. Serve with cooked eggs, hash and meats.


Sauce Verte (Green Sauce)

  1. Prepare as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. To flour mixture, add 1/2 teaspoon celery salt.
  3. Cook sauce as directed in key recipe.
  4. Stir in 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 2 tablespoons grated onion.
  5. Whisk in 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked spinach.


Seafood Sauce

  1. Prepare and cook as directed for Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. Stir in 1 to 2 cups cooked seafood pieces of your choice, such as clams, crab, lobster, muscles, oysters, scallops or shrimp.
  3. Serve with fish, or with cheese, fish or seafood soufflé.


Sherry Sauce

  1. Prepare and cook as directed for Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. Stir in 2 tablespoons sherry and simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Serve with fish, poultry or veal.


South of the Border Sauce

  1. Prepare as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. To flour mixture, add 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free chili powder.
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
  4. Add 1/4 cup seeded chopped green chili peppers and sauté for 3 minutes.
  5. Cook sauce as directed in key recipe.
  6. Serve with beef or pork.


Special Sauce

  1. Prepare as directed in key recipe.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
  3. Add 1 grated medium onion and sauté for 5 minutes.
  4. Cook sauce as directed in key recipe.
  5. Stir in 2 beaten egg yolks, 2 tablespoons lemon juice or sherry and 4 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese.
  6. Serve over beef, fish, heart, tongue, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower or cooked leafy green vegetables.


Tomato Cream Sauce

  1. Prepare as directed in Medium Gluten Free White Sauce key recipe.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, salt and paprika.
  3. Omit 1 cup milk.
  4. To one cup cold milk, whisk in 1/2 cup powdered milk until dissolved, and then stir in 1 cup cold tomato juice.
  5. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
  6. Stir in flour mixture; cook until mixture is smooth and bubbling, about 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  7. Gradually add creamy tomato mixture, whisking in rapidly.
  8. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 to 11 minutes; stir constantly and be careful sauce does not boil.


Tomato Piquant Sauce

Gluten Free White Sauce--Tomato Piquant Sauce
  1. Prepare and cook as directed in Tomato Cream Sauce recipe.
  2. Stir in 6 tablespoons chopped dill pickles, 2 teaspoons grated onion and 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley.





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