Cheddar Cheese Sauce (~.3 cups)
- butter 1/4 cup (1/2 stick)
- flour 1/4 cup
- milk 2 cupss cold
- nutmeg pinch
- cayenne pepper pinch
- Cheddar cheese 8 ounces shredded
- thyme 1/2 teaspoon fresh leaves chopped (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
In a 2-quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat, and add the flour.
Cook stirring for about 5 minutes, until the mixture smells like cooked piecrust.
Be careful not to brown. Slowly, and carefully, whisk in the cold milk.
Continue whisking until the milk is incorporated, and there are no visible lumps.
Add the nutmeg, cayenne, and thyme.
Continue cooking on medium heat, until the sauce comes back to a gentle simmer.
Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
Turn off the heat, and stir in the cheese, one handful at a time.
When all the cheese has melted into the sauce, season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
Makes ~ 3 cups of Cheddar Cheese Sauce