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How To Make The Perfect Cheese Sauce For Fries

Nothing beats dipping some fries in a creamy and flavourful cheese sauce while enjoying a movie night without your friends!

Instead of taking a trip downtown just to get some store-bought cheese sauce, you can make one of your own from the comfort of your own house!

Not only will this save you some good money in the long run, but it’s also a much healthier alternative than artificial cheese sauce brands that can be extremely unhealthy with all the nasty preservatives and chemicals added to them. In fact, some of them aren’t even made of real cheese!

So without further ado, here’s how to make the perfect cheese sauce for fries in simple and easy steps!

How to Make Homemade Cheddar Cheese Sauce for Fries

The nacho-style cheddar cheese sauce is one of the most popular types of cheese on the planet.

What’s great about making it yourself is that you’ll take control of what goes into it, such as the flavour intensity as well as the seasoning.

The ingredients below are simple. However, they also double as emulsifiers to keep the cheese in a creamy and smooth sauce form without breaking into layers of oil and solid curds. Here’s how to make it:

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How to Make Homemade Cheddar Cheese Sauce for Fries

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time15 mins
Keyword: cheddar cheese sauce, homemade sauce
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup aged cheddar cheese (extra sharp)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 can evaporated milk, unsweetened (12 ounces)
  • 1-2 tsp of any hot sauce of your preferences (recommendation: Cholula Hot Sauce)

Instructions

  • Start by grating the aged cheddar cheese into large shreds using the larger hole on a box grater.
  • In a large bowl, bring in the shredded cheddar cheese, then add the two teaspoons of hot sauce and cornstarch, then toss them to combine thoroughly.
  • Transfer the mix into a medium-sized saucepan, then add 1 cup of the evaporated milk to the mix.
  • Cook the mixture over low heat and continue stirring it occasionally until the cheese completely melts.
  • The mixture will start bubbling and will reduce to thicken. At first, it’ll look a bit grainy. But once the emulsifiers in the evaporated milk kick in, the sauce will start coming together.
  • Continue whisking and stirring the mix until it thickens to the desired consistency.
  • Taste and adjust the level of creaminess by adding more evaporated milk and thinning.
  • Take off the heat and let the cheese cool down for a few minutes, then serve immediately with your favorite snack!

 

 

Alternative Version to Make Homemade Cheese Sauce for Fries

Here’s another way to make your cheese sauce even creamier. It might take longer but it’s definitely worth the wait!

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Alternative Version to Make Homemade Cheese Sauce for Fries

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time7 mins
Keyword: cheese sauce, homemade cheese sauce
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup Pepper Jack Cheese (or continue with another 1/2 cup cheddar)
  • 1 cup milk, (any percentage would do, but high-fat milk makes for a creamier sauce)

Instructions

  • Similarly, start by grating the aged cheddar cheese into large shreds using the larger hole on a box grater.
  • Prepare a roux by melting the butter and adding the flour to a medium pot, then mixing until golden brown on medium heat. This should take about a minute.
  • Slowly and gradually pour in the milk and cheese shreds over the mix while whisking. Make sure you continue whisking and break as many chunks as you can.
  • Take the mixture off the heat and allow it to cool a bit.
  • Serve alongside your favorite snack!

How to Make Homemade Velveeta Cheese Sauce for Fries

Velveeta cheese is extremely creamy and tasty, but also very dangerous with all the manufactured additives that it contains.

Luckily, you can make an excellent homemade version that is much healthier while maintaining the great taste!

The following recipe can also be made either in slow cookers or microwaves, so pick the one that suits you the most:

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How to Make Homemade Velveeta Cheese Sauce for Fries

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time10 mins
Keyword: Homemade Velveeta Cheese, velveeta cheese
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-natural American cheese
  • 1 cup Sharp or Extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cup full cream milk
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • A dash of green chili powder (optional)

Instructions

  • Start by grating the aged cheddar and American cheeses into large shreds using the larger hole on a box grater.
  • Add the ingredients minor 1/2 cup of milk in a medium saucepan.
  • Cook the mixture over low heat and continue stirring it occasionally until the cheese completely melts.
  • When the mix starts to thicken, add 1/2 cup of milk to reach the desired creaminess.
  • Continue whisking and stirring the mix until it thickens to the desired consistency.
  • Take off the heat and let the melted Velveeta cheese cool down for a few minutes, then serve immediately with your favorite snack!

In addition to the regular method, you can also use microwaves and slow cookers. For the microwave version, put all the ingredients after grating the cheese into a large enough microwave-safe bowl, then let it cook on high heat for 5 minutes.

Make sure that you stop and stir every 1 or 2 minutes using a whisk. Serve the cheese when it’s ready.

As for the slow cooker method, you won’t have to mix the ingredients too many times but it’ll take a while longer.

Simply toss all the ingredients in a small slow cooker bowl and turn the high heat for 2 1/2 hours. Run by the cheese to make sure it’s going fine and give it a stir every hour or so.

Wrap Up

With that said, you now know how to make the perfect cheese sauce for fries! As you can see, the process of turning your favourite type of cheese in a sauce is quite easy.

In addition to fries, cheese sauces can be used for various other recipes, such as burgers, pasta, popcorn, tortilla chips, hotdogs, waffle fries and more!

Written by Pauline

I'm Pauline, a mother of four grown children, my passion for cooking stemmed from the joy i get cooking for my family. I love to try new dishes, especially when dining out but creating and sharing my own recipes is my favourite thing to do!

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