How to Make a Roux Perfectly—& What to Do With It

There are certain things that become a part of a home cook’s arsenal: a good roast chicken, some killer scrambled eggs, a perfect apple pie. Knowing how to make a roux should be at the top of this list. A roux is a simple two-ingredient mixture that ca…

There are certain things that become a part of a home cook's arsenal: a good roast chicken, some killer scrambled eggs, a perfect apple pie. Knowing how to make a roux should be at the top of this list. A roux is a simple two-ingredient mixture that can thicken sauces and stews. From a smooth, creamy béchamel for pot pies and macaroni and cheese—not to mention your Thanksgiving gravy—a roux is a technique to master and to love. It can be intimidating due to the ease with which it can be burned—and ruined—but it's nothing that a little practice can't resolve.   

So let's start with the basics steps to make a roux.

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