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Cheese Sauce (everything from Queso to mac and cheese)

From queso, to mac and cheese; a simple cheese sauce is one recipe no one should be without. Have you ever been to a Mexican restaurant and ordered the cheese dip for your chips? or had nachos smothered in a creamy processed cheese substance? Have you ever wondered if there was an easy way to make mac & cheese without the box? Well the answer is a simple cheese sauce. I figured out the best way to do this on my own, and interestingly enough, it started at breakfast.

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Cheese Sauce (everything from Queso to mac and cheese)

by zirbirt

From queso, to mac and cheese; a simple cheese sauce is one recipe no one should be without.

Have you ever been to a Mexican restaurant and ordered the cheese dip for your chips? or had nachos smothered in a creamy processed cheese substance? Have you ever wondered if there was an easy way to make mac & cheese without the box? Well the answer is a simple cheese sauce. I figured out the best way to do this on my own, and interestingly enough, it started at breakfast.

Many of us have made or experienced milk gravy, better known as sawmill or country gravy. It is a very simple gravy made from just fat, flour and milk. It starts as a roux and ends up being a creamy delicious gravy that takes on whatever flavor you put into it. Well, one morning I was making biscuits and gravy and wondered what would happen if I added cheese to this gravy.. I did, and though it wasn't a breakfast treat, it ended up leading me toward a very decent cheese sauce.

So, lets look at the secret ingredients for a cheese sauce:

Butter, milk, cheese and Flour. Yes.. it is that simple. The rules are also simple. For butter and flour you want to use an equal measure. So for 4 Tbs butter, we use 4 Tbs flour.

Milk is where we determine how thick our cheese sauce will be. For a nacho or queso like consistency, we want to go with 4Tbs Butter, 4Tbs flour and 2 cups of milk. If we wanted a much thicker sauce, say like chip dip, we would just use 1 cup of milk.. if we wanted a very thin sauce, maybe to pour over some broccoli, we would use 2 cups milk, but reduce the butter and flour to 2 Tbs.

For tools, you will need a medium pot and a whisk.. and of course a stove.

To start, we put our pot on medium heat (most ovens would be between 5 and 6), and melt our butter.

The butter should melt slowly, do not be in a rush here and turn the temp way up, just let it melt nice and slow.. when it gets to a point where there is just a little butter solid left.. Lift the pan from the burner and move it about to get the butter moving around till it melts. Then, toss in the flour and start whisking.

Once combined, put it back over the heat till it begins to bubble. Let it bubble till it starts to get some color.. don't forget to whisk it frequently.

Ok.. so now that its bubbling and starting the change colors, lets add our milk.. just life it from the heat and pour the 2 cups straight in there. Here is where you will add whatever flavor you want. I put in a little cayenne pepper and some green chilis.

Place it back on the heat (do not change the setting) and just whisk it till it comes to a nice boil (yes you see a wooden spoon in the pic, I grabbed the wrong utensil for the combining step, but it didn't matter... though this step you definitely want to use a whisk).

Basically you are looking for it to boil immediately after you stop whisking. You want to whisk very frequently to make sure the milk at the bottom of the pan doesn't scorch.

Eventually you end up with a thick and creamy solution. Just add about 1 - 1 1/2 cups of any cheese you want (shredded of course).. and stir it.. then put it back over the heat and let it come back to a boil.

That is it..

when you add the milk, you can add anything you want. so here are some ideas (remember you can use just about any cheese with this):

Green chilies or very finely chopped jalapeƱos for awesome nachos

Salsa for queso

Try 1tsp ground mustard and 1 tsp salt and put it on a cheesesteak.

1 tsp salt, then when done add to 12 oz of noodles for a crazy good mac & cheese.

More milk can become cheese soup with a little broccoli and bacon you will be very satisfied.

Hope you enjoy using this little recipe. I know it isn't much, but a LOT of my experimental postings will be using home made cheese sauce and I think it would be silly to have to write up the recipe each and every time I use it.

zirbirt
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