I am sharing this basic recipe as a prelude to several other recipes that will reference back here.
4 Tablespoons butter or margarine
4 Tablespoons Flour
1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper (optional)
2 cups milk
In a small saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium/low heat. Add flour, cream of tartar, salt and pepper. Mix together over medium/low heat for about 5 minutes until well blended and bubbly.
Add milk and stir with whisk to blend. Continue to stir over low heat until sauce thickens. Be careful not to scorch!
If sauce is thicker than you like, just add a tiny bit more milk to thin.
Makes about 2 cups of sauce.