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Cream sauce without dairy

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I am not vegetarian but lean strongly in that direction and am looking for vegan recipes and techniques -- is it possible to make a decent cream sauce without dairy -- i.e., roux with vegetable oil and vegetable stock as the liquid?
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There are multiple ways to make a decent vegan white sauce. Soy milk (or similar) thickened with roux or xanthan gum or rice flour or cornstarch or by blending with silken tofu or cooked rice or cooked cauliflower; and those are just a few. Here is an example of a bechamel. It gets real thick quickly but I use it when making vegan mac & cheese so I want it thick. It is easy enough to thin it once done with more soy milk.

Vegan Bechamel Sauce

Weight or Volume                                                                  Ingredients

1 cup                                                                                       sunflower oil           

10 tablespoons                                                                        rice flour

6 cups                                                                                      soy milk

1 pinch                                                                                    nutmeg

to taste                                                                                     salt

to taste                                                                                    black pepper


Heat sunflower oil over low heat and stir in rice flour. Continue to stir and cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Add soy milk and nutmeg. turn heat to high and bring up to boil while continuing to stir. Once it comes to a boil, check consistency as it will probably be thickened enough. Turn heat off and season with salt and pepper.
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