How to Make Cheese Sauce

by Cheese411

Want to make cheese sauce for vegetables, chicken, fish and -- best of all -- grilled steak? Try these easy cheese recipes that use cheddar or blue cheese.

A basic cheese sauce is so versatile because it can be served over everything from baked chicken to steamed broccoli. While it's wonderful with just a few simple ingredients, it can also be changed up by adding delicious cheese varieties like blue cheese or mixing in your favorite fresh herbs.

Want to try making cheese sauce for yourself? Here's a basic recipe, along with a few ways to change it up and make something new! Don't be afraid to experiment, it's very difficult to mess up.

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Basic Cheese Sauce Recipe

This recipe yields 2 cups and uses the most commonly eaten cheese in the world: cheddar.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Directions
1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan and slowly add in flour and seasonings, stirring until well blended.
2. Slowly add milk and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens.
3. Stir in the cheddar cheese and heat on low until smooth.

Blue Cheese Version

This full-fat sauce is SO delicious, you'll be glad you tried it. I use it as a dip for vegetables, although it also works well on steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes and steak.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dry mustard, garlic powder, salt and black pepper
  • 4 ounces Castello Crumbled Danish Blue cheese   

Direction
1. Combine the first three ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Add seasonings and stir in blue cheese. Cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving.

Decadent Blue Cheese Sauce

This is another sauce that uses bleu cheese, although it's much more complicated -- and delicious. Try pouring it over a medium-rare steak off the grill.

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, thickly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Rib-eye steak
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese

Directions
1. Melt butter in skillet over high heat. Add sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until brown and caramelized.  
2. Butter grill grates and preheat grill. Season rib-eye steak with salt and pepper and grill until desired doneness.
3. Meanwhile, turn the onions to low heat. Pour in 1 cup heavy cream. Stir slowly for 3 to 5 minutes until sauce thickens and reduces by half. If it gets too thick, add in beef broth.
4. Mix in bleu cheese and stir until melted.
5. Pour sauce on a plate and top with steak.

Light Sauce Version

Most cheese recipes are really high in fat. Want something a little lighter, suitable for chicken, fish or vegetables? Try this recipe, which uses low-fat milk and flour to go light on the calories. Each tablespoon has less than 25 calories!

Ingredients

  • 5 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cup non-fat or low-fat milk, divided
  • 2/3 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions
1. Whisk together the flour and 1/4 cup milk until smooth. Heat the rest of the milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat just until it steams.
2. Next, add the flour mixture to the milk and cook until bubbly and thickened, whisking constantly. This should take no more than 4 or 5 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and stir in cheese, dry mustard, paprika and salt.

Updated: 12/04/2012, Cheese411
 
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Mira on 12/09/2012

These are very useful recipes. I'll try the one with blue cheese and Worcestershire sauce.

Formosangirl on 12/05/2012

These sound delicious. I am planning to try the basic cheese recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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