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Old 08-27-2008, 10:01 AM   #1
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Cheese sauce

Tomorrow at work we are having a potato bar day and I'm going to bring in cheese sauce. Anyone have any good recipes for me to try for a change?

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Old 08-27-2008, 10:09 AM   #2
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Angie, what are you looking for? Zippy? Creamy? Thick?

If I'm making a cheese sauce for mac and cheese I make a basic white sauce (but thicker) and toss in a pile of velveeta and sharp cheddar.

We like the consistency of the velveeta and the flavour of the sharp cheddar. You can add a few chile flakes for zip if you like.
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Just a nice sauce for baked potatoes. I do like the idea of velveta and sharp cheddar (plus I have those both at home).
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:14 AM   #4
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Do you need a recipe for the white sauce part or can you wing it? I always put more flour in than usual for cheese sauce cuz we like it thick. And if you are doing it for potatoes, well thick is best I think.
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Nope! I can make a killer white sauce, thank you though!!!
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:31 AM   #6
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I figured as much, but its always polite to ask. Good luck!
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:41 AM   #7
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The only thing I do for cheese sauce is to always add at least twice as much cheese as called for. After that, the sky's the limit - cheddar, cheddar with Habenero pepper, blue, Monterey Jack with Jalapeno, etc., etc.
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How does one do a potato bar?

Sounds like something I would LOVE!

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Old 08-27-2008, 12:35 PM   #9
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Ooh - loads of fun, & can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be.

Just bake a bunch (approx. 2 person) of at least medium-sized Idaho potatoes & serve them with an array of toppings:

Plain & flavored butters
Sour cream
Chives
Chili (with &/or without beans)
Shredded cheese (different varieties)
Cheese sauce (again varieties if you wish)
Chopped crisp bacon (regular & turkey if desired)
Simple creamed shredded chicken or turkey or seafood (with or without vegetables as in "a la king")

Really - the list is only as endless as your imagination. It's an easy & fun way to feed a crowd. I mean - who doesn't love a good baked potato?
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The only thing I do for cheese sauce is to always add at least twice as much cheese as called for. After that, the sky's the limit - cheddar, cheddar with Habenero pepper, blue, Monterey Jack with Jalapeno, etc., etc.
The RV Resort I stay in during the summer holds a potato bar 3 times and people love it. I like your idea of the jalapeno cheese sauce, it is my favorite and the favorite of many pesople here. Gives them a choice between mild cheese sauce and one with a zip to it.
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I mean - who doesn't love a good baked potato?
NOBODY!!!!! Especially, with BACON!!!

Thanks, Breezy!

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You're welcome!!

Another great thing about baked pototoes with toppings is that it's a really economical & nutritious meal in a pinch.

Around the holidays I had some leftover "turkey a la king", as well as some leftover "turkey chili" & chopped broccoli in cheddar cheese sauce. Also had on hand sour cream, crumbled turkey bacon, etc., etc. Picked up a couple of super size Idaho's, baked them, & hubby & I had a fabulous meal that cost pennies, took very little time to throw together, & didn't taste "left over" at all!
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I like blue cheese dressing on baked potatoes. YUM!! If I were doing the bar, I'd add everything that Breezy has plus salad dressings. Ranch, blue cheese, ones like that.

As far as cheese sauces go, I'm all for the cheddar/Velveeta combo. You could divide it and do one mild and one with some salsa added for a little kick.
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The More Cheese the Merrier I always Say!
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Really - the list is only as endless as your imagination. It's an easy & fun way to feed a crowd. I mean - who doesn't love a good baked potato?

Last night several friends and I went out to a local Steakhouse for steaks. The waitress told everyone that the meal came with the usual salad and baked potato which we all ordered - all except one. She wanted another kind of potato because she couldn't stand the taste and texture of baked. Well, that was a first for all of us. Never heard that before. So put her on your list of "who doesn't like baked potatoes."
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:05 PM   #16
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i'd say cut out velveeta, go with extra shap cheddar or cabot's seriously sharp with your bechamel, a few dashes of frank's, & you've got a yummy cheese sauce!!
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I'm with Alix on the Velveeta+cheddar+white sauce. That's the best, IMHO.
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I'm with Alix on the Velveeta+cheddar+white sauce. That's the best, IMHO.
This is what I did, but I also added some Monterey Jack.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:03 PM   #19
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Yum. Angie that sounds lovely. Let us know how they liked it.
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Old 08-28-2008, 06:38 AM   #20
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We did a potato bar at work for a reception once; it included most of Breezy's toppings, plus BBQ'd pork. Deelish!
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