Makes 3/4 cup

Serve with vegetables, pasta, or chicken. If you have drippings from fried chicken or other meat, you can substitute those for the butter.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil, and remove from heat. Pour milk mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a small bowl, reserving the hot milk and discarding solids.

Step 2

Melt butter in a large skillet over low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in reserved hot milk and cook, whisking constantly, over medium heat, until thickened and bubbly. Whisk in whipping cream and remaining ingredients.

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