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Cheese Sauce Recipe

Cheese Sauce

Rating 5-0 out of 5 - Most cooks definitely will make this recipe again
Graham

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Cheese sauce can be served hot on lightly cooked vegetables or, in particular, is very good when making Cauliflower Cheese, Gnocchi or Macaroni Cheese. I always use cheddar when making sauces because, frankly, it's probably the best "melting" cheese around. Cheeses like Emmental are too "stringy" when melted, so don't work as well. When cooking, a hard British cheese is hard to beat.

      Preparation Time: 1 Minute

      Cooking Time: 7 Minutes

Ingredients for Cheese Sauce

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1 tablespoon
butter
7½ fl oz
milk
1 heaped tablespoon
plain flour (all purpose flour)
 
salt and pepper
4 oz
Cheddar cheese

 

How to Cook Cheese Sauce

  1. Slightly warm the milk in a saucepan over a low heat and, in a separate pan, melt the butter. Add the flour to the butter and cook over a medium heat, stirring continuously, for about 3 minutes. Don't allow the flour to brown. Slowly add the warmed milk, beating the mixture with a hand whisk (or fork) as you do so. Continue to whisk the mixture until the sauce thickens, then cook gently for about 2-3 minutes over a low heat stirring occasionally until it reaches a rich and creamy consistency.
  2. Crumble the cheese between your fingers (or grate it beforehand if you prefer) and add to the sauce. Continue to stir over a low heat until all the cheese has melted. If it is too thick, you can add a little more milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 
Graham GRAHAM'S HOT TIP:
If, after adding the cheese, the sauce appears too thick, you can thin it with a little more milk. If you are feeling REALLY decadent, you can use double cream (heavy cream)!
 
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Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again February 15 2015
I just discovered the secret of making sauce that wasn't lumpy - warm the milk first! That tip on it's own is worth 5 stars!!
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