1. Combine 1/4 cup chicken broth and flour in a small saucepan, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in remaining 3/4 cup chicken broth, shallots, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 3 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Let stand 1 minute; discard bay leaf. Stir in parsley, cheese, and pepper, stirring until cheese melts.