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Cheesy Cheddar Sauce Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Special equipment needed: None

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
2. Add the flour and whisk until smooth.
3. Gradually add the milk while whisking constantly.
4. Cook the mixture until it thickens, stirring constantly.
5. Add the shredded cheddar cheese, salt, and black pepper.
6. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
7. Remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.

15 minutes
Temperature: Medium heat
Serving size: 4

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 215
- Fat: 17g
- Carbohydrates: 6g
- Protein: 10g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- You can use any type of cheese you like instead of cheddar cheese.
- You can use gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour.

Variations:
- Add some chopped jalapenos for a spicy version.
- Add some cooked bacon bits for a smoky flavor.

Tips and tricks:
- Whisk constantly to avoid lumps in the sauce.
- Use freshly shredded cheese for the best results.
- If the sauce is too thick, add a little more milk to thin it out.

Storage instructions:
- Store the leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
- Reheat the sauce in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the sauce in a small bowl or ramekin.
- Drizzle the sauce over cooked vegetables or pasta.

Garnishes:
- Sprinkle some chopped parsley or chives on top.

Pairings:
- Serve the sauce with grilled chicken, steak, or pork chops.

Suggested side dishes:
- Roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli, or sautéed mushrooms.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the sauce is too thin, cook it a little longer to thicken it up.
- If the sauce is too thick, add a little more milk to thin it out.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to use fresh ingredients and cook the sauce thoroughly.

Food history:
- Cheese sauce has been a popular condiment in the United States since the early 20th century.

Flavor profiles:
- Creamy, cheesy, and slightly tangy.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve the sauce warm or at room temperature.

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Taste: Creamy, Cheesy, Cheddar, Savory, Tangy