Homemade Cheese Sauce Made Easy
Making your own homemade cheese sauce will never intimidate you ever again! My recipe only has 4 ingredients & the process couldn’t be simpler to make!
I’m a sucker for cheese. The more, the better – you feel me? It’s probably one of my biggest budget killers. I like to think I’m pretty good at making every penny stretch – but boy, when I get into Whole Foods in the cheese section…. and that ‘being good with money’ goes right out the window. You know what doesn’t go out the window though? Lots of cheese. Fancy cheese. Yummy cheese. It goes straight into my buggy, through the checkout, & into my mouth.
Good cheese is one of the best things in life. You know, directly after love & health and all that good stuff 😉
Other than eating cheese straight out of the package – homemade cheese sauce is the best way to enjoy cheese. You can pour it over almost anything & it taste good. I’d probably eat cardboard if there was enough cheese sauce on top of it. Ok, maybe not eat it actually – but maybe lick it clean…. 😉
Some people think that making cheese sauce from scratch is hard, but I promise y’all – it’s not hard at all! It’s only four ingredients, y’all! And I promise, it’s not hard one little bit. So super simple, so stop being intimidated by it – and start making it.
Being able to make homemade cheese sauce for a variety of dishes, not to mention simply dipping your chips in it, will make your life instantly better.
FYI – Cheese sauce is the perfect appetizer for any holiday or any occasion at all for that matter too – or topping to chicken, pork, lasagna, turning into mac & cheese, whatever! And New Year’s is coming up – how perfect would this be to snack on as you wait for 2015 to roll on in?! Yum, yum!!
Here’s what you need:
First thing to do is to shred that cheese. Yes, you can buy pre-shredded cheese – but I’m not not a fan of it. It’s got stuff added to it to prevent it from sticking together & clumping – and my inner ‘ew’ alarm goes off with it. I’d much rather buy a block of cheese & shred it myself. Plus, it’s cheaper – and when you buy cheese the way that I do, you gotta save some money any way you can 😉 You can do any kind of cheese you want. Mont. jack, pepper-jack, or cheddar-jack for nachos or dipping chips in, mozzarella for Italian dishes, etc.
I never shred cheese by hand though. I always pull out my trusty Hamilton Beach food processor. A food processor makes the shredding of the cheese super fast – I literally can shred a block of cheese in a few seconds flat. Ooooh, and by the way – at the bottom of this post, I’m giving away a Hamilton Beach food processor just like mine – woot, woot!!
In a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Once melted, whisk in 1/4 cup of all purpose flour. Cook on medium heat for about 60-90 seconds, stirring occasionally.
Whisk in 1 cup of milk. It should get thick pretty fast. Once thickened, add in your other cup of milk. Cook, whisking often, on medium heat until it’s thickened enough to lightly coat your whisk – about the thickness of heavy whipping cream.
Add in 8oz of shredded cheese. Whisk it until the cheese is completely melted & throughly combined – the cheese sauce should be beautiful now!
Serve it however you like – nachos, dipping tortilla chips in, on top of various dishes…. be creative!
Easy Homemade Cheese Sauce
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups shredded cheese of your choice
Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan. Add the flour, & whisk. Let it cook on medium heat for 60-90 seconds. Pour in 1 cup of the milk, & whisk to combine. Let cool until thickened, it will thicken pretty fast. Then add the remaining cup of milk & whisk well. Cook on medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture has thickened to about the consistency of heavy whipping cream. Stir in the shredded cheese until melted.
Now, that giveaway I promised you! I’m SO excited about this! I’ve teamed up with Hamilton Beach & together we’re giving away a Hamilton Beach #StackandSnap 10 Cup Capacity Food Processor!! How cool is that?! Super cool! (yes I like to answer my own questions at times…)