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Trying to Recreate an Appetizer

I had an outstanding appetizer the other night and would love to try it at home. It was honey burnt carrots with pea puree, pea shoots, and a farmers cheese sauce. I have everything covered except the cheese sauce. It was served by dotting the pea puree and cheese sauce along the plate and they were roughly the same consistency. Ideas?

asked by Tony S over 3 years ago
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pierino

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added over 3 years ago

A basic "cheese sauce" is known as sauce mornay. You begin by making a bechamel sauce from a flour and butter roux. Add scalded milk gradually to that and whisk. Then work in your favorite cheese which should be one with a good melting quality. A grating of nutmeg is good in the bechamel before you add the cheese. After that it's up to you. I'm thinking that a guyere would work with the pea puree but you could aso go with something more assertive.

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pierino

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added over 3 years ago

I just reread your original post and a farmers cheese would be excellent. And sorry about the typos. We can't go back and edit.

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added over 3 years ago

Thanks Pierino. I initally thought mornay but was concerned about it getting too thick given that dish was served only slightly warmer than room temperature. Should I simply make the mornay a little loose?

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pierino

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added over 3 years ago

Tony, I see no reason why you can't loosen it up a bit by adding more hot milk to your bechamel. I'll leave it to you to judge the texture to meet your taste.Good luck.

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added over 3 years ago

Was it a thickened sauce or more of a fondue? I'm wondering because an only slightly warm cheese sauce that relies heavily on flour for thickening would be kind of ugly at that temp. Fondue relies more on the cheese to thicken, so it seems like it might be a better fit. JMO