A batch of crispy fries and a cheese dip — find me a better love story, I’ll wait. But this romantic combo can easily turn into a tragedy if the sauce just doesn’t compromise.
Cheese sauces, after all, are the star of the show for most snacks of this sort. So, if you’re wondering how to make cheese sauce for fries, this article is perfect for you.
From what type of cheese to use to step-by-step instructions, I’ve got it all covered. Be prepared to gain some weight after this because the recipe is so good you’ll keep coming back for more!
Time to get to business.
What to ‘Cheese’?
While you may or may not love our puns, we’re pretty sure you’ll love to know what cheese goes best with some french fries. And that’s what we’ll be discussing next.
Of course, you’re free to choose any cheese you want. But here’s the thing — not all of them melt the same way. That means you might want a creamy dip with a kick but end up with a bland and stringy one. Let’s not forget that this is not a pizza recipe.
If you ask me, the best type that goes with potato fries is sharp and zingy cheddar. Add in a bit of cream cheese as the secret ingredient, and boom — you have a winning duo. I recommend using medium cheddar cheese. But mild ones can also be great when seasoned right.
Let’s Get Saucy!
Ever wondered why Kraft’s Velveeta has a melty consistency when cooled, but other sauces don’t? Usually, the sauce you make at home ends up getting all goopy and stringy (almost) after a while. And let me explain why.
A quick glance at the ingredients list for Velveeta will give you a few hints. For starters, the moisture content in the store-bought sauce is higher than the ones made at home.
To put it simply, they don’t just use straight cheese. Add some milk protein concentrate and sodium alginate into that, and you get that coveted melty consistency.
But hey, I’m not telling you to find sodium alginate or milk proteins from some chemistry shop. Instead, look into your pantry and consider the sources of gum and protein at home. For example, cream cheese, mayonnaise, and evaporated milk.
My ingredient of choice is cream cheese. It provides just enough stabilizing gums to keep the cheddar from separating.
Required Ingredients and How to Make the Best Cheese Sauce for Fries
Enough of the science talk, it’s time to talk about the actual recipe. So without further ado, let me list out the ingredients you’ll need.
- 8 ounces of grated sharp cheddar cheese (extra sharp is always best)
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons of hot sauce (Franks Red Hot is my go-to)
- A 12-ounce can of evaporated milk
Note: This is meant to be a tangy and gooey sauce. So if you want something spicy or to balance out the tanginess a bit, feel free to customize. Adding pepper jack with half of the cheddar quantity and some minced pickled jalapeñosn should do the trick.
Once all of your ingredients are out and ready in front of you, it’s time to get cooking. Follow these steps:
Step 1: Combine All of the Ingredients
First of all, you need a large bowl that’s suitable for combining all the ingredients easily. Take the cheese in the bowl and add cornstarch. Toss them to combine with a spoon.
Step 2: Transfer the Mixture
You can now transfer the mixture into a saucepan. Then it’s time to add a cup of evaporated milk and hot sauce. Cook this on low heat and wait for a bit to let everything mix properly. Keep stirring constantly with a whisk until it gets melted and bubbly.
Step 3: Give the Mixture Some Time to Settle
After 5 minutes, it should be of the right thickness. Initially, it’s supposed to be grainy and thin. But as you cook it, you’ll see changes in the consistency as all those amazing ingredients come together.
Step 4: Enjoy!
It is best to serve this right away with crispy fries or tortillas. You can also use this sauce on burgers, hot dogs, or regular potato chips. I know someone who uses it on instant noodles which, as weird as it sounds, tastes pretty great too.
Stir Things Up & Customize
Although I’ve walked you through all the steps and processes of making this, keep in mind that it’s customizable. Nothing is set in stone, especially when it comes to cheese sauces.
There are plenty of customizing options like adding paprika or oregano into the mix.
You can mix up different types of cheeses. Some of the most famous food chains make their cheese dips by combining them with other sauces like tomato or BBQ sauce. Keep experimenting, and you never know what heavenly combo you might discover!
When it comes to munching down on some snacks, easy and quick recipes are the best. That’s why I’ve tried to show the easiest method of how to make a cheese sauce for fries right here. Anyone with mediocre cooking skills can pull this off.