Homemade cheese sauce, made from four simple ingredients, can be an amazing addition to your cooking skills. I mean, come on, what CAN'T you put cheese sauce on? In our house, cheese sauce is most often used for macaroni and cheese.
Making your own cheese sauce doesn't need to be so scary. As long as you follow a few simple tips, you will have a creamy sauce that will keep everyone coming back for more.
My husband is the resident cheese sauce maker, so one evening I was able to capture his cheese sauce making process. I wanted you to be able to SEE what it looked like, so that you have a good idea of what to look for when you make your own. This process involves lots of stirring and a bit of patience. And if you are like my husband you might include a pint of beer to enjoy while you are doing all of the stirring.
You may notice that my husband never measures anything. Remember? When I asked how much milk he was adding he said, “Enough.” The whole time he was adding milk he was waiting for the perfect consistency. When he got there, he knew it. When he was adding cheese, he was looking for a fantastic cheesy taste. He added cheese until it tasted right. Making cheese sauce really couldn't be simpler and with practice, yours will be amazing too!
So, what do you plan on using your cheese sauce for? Stay tuned for Nachos!
- Melt the butter in a pot.
- Add flour, and combine to make a roux.
- Slowly add milk and stir constantly. Continue to add milk until the sauce sticks to the back of a spoon.
- Turn off heat completely.
- Add cheese, one small handful at a time, and stir until completely melted.
- Keep adding small handfuls of cheese until you reach the desired amount of cheesiness!
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Keeping handfuls of cheese small, while adding to the milk sauce, keeps the sauce from cooling down too quickly. It needs to remain warm enough to melt the cheese. No one likes a broken cheese sauce.