#1 Cheese Sauce

After many years of trying to perfect a recipe for the liquid, gooey cheese sauce you find at restaurants (with less artificial stuff), A-Tooch struck gold.

Truth be told, it was Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats who put me on to the secret ingredient in his similar blog post. I figured that was a good starting point and figured I could trust someone who wrote such a lengthy post on the science of cheese.


4 oz. of the sharpest cheddar you can find
1 tbsp. Frank’s Red Hot (yes, Frank’s, no substitutes)
1 tbsp. SECRET INGREDIENT Corn Starch
1 cup cold milk (I used 2%)
Dash of garlic powder
Dash of salt + pepper

Mix milk, corn starch, and seasonings in pan. Heat to a boil, allowing to reduce for 1 minute. Stir constantly. Turn off heat, add hot sauce and blend in cheese. Mixture can be refrigerated and re-heated.

We topped some delicious fries with this for a true at-home fast food experience. You would have to be nuts to think this doesn’t look tasty:

Next up, I’ll give this a go with some other cheese but I have a feeling this need to be done with caution. A cup of liquid parmesan may be overkill. By the way, did I mention I love cheese?

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  1. MelissaNibbles
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 5:29 AM | Permalink

    I’ve done the cup of liquid parmesan. On mashed potatoes. Oh lord, it’s good!

  2. Emily
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 9:41 AM | Permalink

    OOhhh… sharp cheddar + hot sauce. This definitely sounds yummy!!

  3. Jaime
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 9:43 AM | Permalink

    that looks gooooood- frank’s red hot rocks.

  4. Michelle
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 10:43 AM | Permalink

    I love adding heat to just about anything so this cheese sauce would definitely be welcome over fries or nachos for me!

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