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Cheese sauce in a glass pitcher

Cheese sauce looking rich and creamy

Who can't resist cheese? it is so darn delicious! Once we were in Amsterdam, we went into a cheese store and it just smelled delicious. As we walked to the back of the store, we noticed a large barrel with plenty of people standing around it. They were listening to a cheese monger (Yes, that is what one who specializes in cheese is called) talking about the different kinds of cheese he had. He then offered a piece of the many kinds of cheese for everyone to taste. They were all very good. Needless to say, we bought several different kinds and enjoyed them all. What an experience; haven't seen that much in our typical grocery stores.

Cheddar cheese is the cheese I have today so I am using that to make a cheese sauce. I really like cheese sauce; there are so many different things that you can do with it. You can top vegetables, nachos, fries, and even noodles with a good cheese sauce. You can always use whatever kind of cheese you like.

To start the cheese sauce, you have to make a white sauce (also called a Bechamel sauce in France). It is nothing  but butter, flour, and milk. Easy peasy to make.

Making the white sauce:

Take 4 T. of butter or margarine and melt it in a saucepan.

half a stick of butter cut up and sitting in its wrapper

4 T.  butter

Melted butter in a pan

melted butter

Add 4 T. of flour to the butter

flour added to melted butter in a saucvepan

Flour added to melted butter

Mix in pan until flour is incorporated

Flour mixed into butter in a saucepan

A roux of butter and flour

Add the milk to the roux

Whisking milk into the flour and butter roux in a saucepan

Adding milk to a roux

Bring to a boil and simmer for about 1 minute or until it gets thick

White sauce bubbling in a saucepan

White sauce bubbling in a saucepan

Making the cheese sauce:

Grate 8 oz. of sharp cheese

Sharp cheddar cheese grated on a white square plate

Grated cheddar cheese

Add the cheese to the white sauce

Grated cheddar cheese added to a white sauce in a saucepan

Grated cheddar cheese added to white sauce

Mixed up and looking creamy

Cheese sauce in a sauce pan

Cheese sauce

Now you can add the cheese sauce to whatever you want.

Making the cheese sauce is nothing more than adding shredded cheese to the white sauce. You can add some salt and pepper if you like, I'm fine with just the cheese.

Ingredients

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  • 4 T. butter or margarine
  • 4 T. flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 8 oz.  shredded extra sharp cheese, or other kind of cheese
  • Coarsely Ground Salt (optional)
  • Coarsely Ground Black Pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan
  2. Add the butter and stir or whisk until it is mixed together
  3. Add the milk and whisk until it comes to a boil
  4. Add the cheese and mix until all incorporated.

Notes

You can cut this recipe in half but I like to use it the next day on something like a baked potato.