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Cheddar Cheese Sauce
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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


  • 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)


  • 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!