All of the old faces ask you why you’re back
They fit you with position and the keys to your daddy’s Cadillac
In the darkness of your room your mother calls you by your true name
You remember the faces, the places, the names
You know it’s never over it’s relentless as the rain Adam raised a Cain
“Adam Raised a Cain” by Bruce Springsteen
What do you call cheese that isn’t yours?
Making cheese sauces is usually a pretty scary experience for me. On more than one occasion, I have been guilty of overheating my cheese and causing it to separate (see beer cheese soup). If there is one thing more than any other that my wife and I agree on, it is that gooey nacho cheese is one of the most delicious junk foods known to man…I had to make nacho cheese.
I knew that this feat would not be easy. Many men have gloated about there ability to throw together a cheese dog, nachos, or pretzel with cheese only to find that there sauce had separated and they began to well up more tears than Sally Struthers in a small African village (for those of you who love Youtube, I also found this classic commercial).
Sorry, that was childish…
I am completely exaggerating, this sauce was not difficult at all. I think I have found the problem though, it was mostly in my technique. Usually when I decide to make anything this unhealthy, I consume too many libations. Beer makes it really hard to concentrate and make sure that your cheese sauce is not burning or separating. My advice is to have no more than two adult beverages before starting the nacho cheese and then everything will be just fine.
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup of milk
4 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes
12 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
4 oz. can green chilis
2 tablespoons Tapatio hot sauce
1. Heat butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat
2. Whisk in cornstarch until combined
3. Whisk in milk and heat until it begins to thicken
4. Add the cream cheese and heat until melted
5. Add the cheddar cheese and whisk until melted
6. Add the green chilis and hot sauce, serve warm
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