Mornay sauce

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Mornay sauce
Mornay sauce in a jar
Place of originFrance
Main ingredientsBéchamel sauce, Gruyère

A Mornay sauce is a béchamel sauce with shredded or grated cheese added.[1][2] Some variations use different combinations of Gruyère, Emmental cheese, white cheddar[3] or even Parmesan cheese.[4] A Mornay sauce made with cheddar is commonly used to make macaroni and cheese.


The name origin of Mornay sauce is debated. It may be named after Philippe, duc de Mornay (1549–1623), Governor of Saumur and seigneur du Plessis-Marly, writer and diplomat, but a cheese sauce during this time would have to have been based on a velouté sauce because béchamel had not yet been developed.[5] According to other theories, the sauce was named after the Duke of Mornay in the late 1600s. However, the original mornay sauce came into existence before Béchamel sauce, so the original version of the cheese sauce that the Duke was given to eat was likely different than the contemporary version.[6]

Sauce Mornay does not appear in Le cuisinier Royal, 10th edition, 1820, perhaps because sauce Mornay is not older than the seminal Parisian restaurant Le Grand Véfour, where sauce Mornay was introduced.[5]

In the Tout-Paris of Charles X, the Mornay name was represented by two stylish men, the marquis de Mornay and his brother, styled comte Charles. They figure in Lady Blessington's memoir of a stay in Paris in 1828–29, The Idler in France.[7] They might also be considered, when an eponym is sought for sauce Mornay.


Mornay sauce is a silky sauce usually made from butter, all-purpose flour, milk, cloves, onion, bay leaf, grated Gruyère cheese and grated Parmesan cheese, kosher salt as needed, and ground pepper

Nutritional facts[edit]

Nutritional facts
Nutrients Total Fat in grams % Daily Value
Total fat 7.9g 10%
Cholesterol 23.5mg 8%
Carbohydrate 5.4g 2%
Dietary fiber 0.2g 1%


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  1. ^ La Technique. New York: The French Culinary Institute. 1995. p. 44.
  2. ^ Hasterosk, edição de Aude Mantoux ; colaboração de Laurence Alvado e Rupert (2007). Le grande Larousse gastronomique ([Éd. 2007]. ed.). Paris: Larousse. p. 783. ISBN 978-2-03-582360-1.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ McGee, Harold (2004). On Food and Cooking; The Science and Lore of the Kitchen. New York, NY, USA: Scribner. pp. 65–66 and 587. ISBN 0-684-80001-2.
  4. ^ Gringoire, Théophile Auteur du texte; Saulnier, Louis Auteur du texte (1923). Le répertoire de la cuisine (3e édition) / Th. Gringoire et L. Saulnier.
  5. ^ a b "Cuisine Bourgeoise". History of Gastronomy. Nicks Wine Merchants. Archived from the original on April 2, 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ "Mornay Sauce | Traditional Sauce from France | TasteAtlas". Tasteatlas.
  7. ^ Blessington, Countess of (1841). The Idler in France. London, England, UK: Henry Colburn.
  8. ^ "Nutrition Facts".

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