Our favorite cheese sauces and how they can transform a dish from OK to Outstanding!

There’s something about adding a rich, creamy cheese sauce to the simplest dish that causes a culinary transformation. Even basic broccoli becomes a thing of tasty beauty when drizzled with warm, luscious cheese. A plain baked potato practically begs to be elevated by a great cheesy sauce. Whether you like it over eggs in the morning or roasted veggies at night, a full-flavored, velvety cheese sauce makes every food it flavors just that much better.

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Cabot Chef Jimmy Kennedy is a huge fan of a simple cheddar cheese sauce that he uses both at home and on the road when he’s cooking on the Cabot Gratitude Grille. “It’s as easy as combining Cabot butter, flour, milk, and a healthy portion of Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar,” the Chef explains. “Quality ingredients create a rich, smooth cheese sauce that can be the basis for a host of delicious dishes. The depth of flavor in Cabot Cheddars is the key to a perfect sauce.”

Basic Cheddar Cheese Sauce

By adding ingredients to a basic sauce, there are dozens of ways to transform it, variations on a cheesy theme. Take this Jalapeno Cheese Sauce recipe. It calls for Cabot Pepper Jack Cheese as well as jalapenos and spices working together for a flavorful sauce that is perfect for game day chip dipping. But don’t stop there; it’s also great on veggies, chicken strips, or meatballs.

Jalapeno Cheese Sauce

Our Roasted Garlic Cheddar Cheese Sauce starts with Cabot’s Farmers Legacy Collection White Oak Cheddar and a full head of roasted garlic for a depth of flavor that is perfect on fall veggies like Brussels sprouts and squash. It’s also irresistible served with a crusty loaf of French bread for dipping.

Roasted Garlic Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Here’s something deliciously different…cheese sauce for breakfast. Try one of our favorite breakfast or brunch recipes – this Vegetable Frittata with Alpine Cheddar Sauce. This classic Italian egg preparation is elegantly enhanced with a sauce made from another Farmers Legacy Collection cheddars. This time it’s Alpine Cheddar that is the saucy star, a subtle Swiss and Italian Alpine blend that is similar to Parmesan. It’s a perfect foil for the fabulous frittata.

Vegetable Frittata with Alpine Cheddar Sauce

When your next cheese sauce features Cabot Hot Habanero Cheddar you know it will be served with just a bit of a kick. This Hot & Smoky Cheddar Cheese Sauce is not for the faint of heart, but will have spicy food lovers begging for more. Try serving it over pork chops and mashed potatoes – like this how-to video shows – and take the meal from blah to hurrah! You can dial back the heat using half Habanero Cheddar and half Seriously Sharp.

This Hot & Smoky Cheddar Cheese Sauce

And finally, we leave you with one of our very favorites. This Bacon Cheddar Cheese Sauce is so easy, so good, and such a huge hit, wherever you serve it. It’s perfect with pasta, tasty with tuna, and mighty fine with fries.

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Sauce

But wait, there’s more! Every one of these fantastic Cabot cheese sauces would make a unique and delectable Macaroni and Cheese. Just pour your sauce over your favorite pasta shape and voila! Stovetop Mac & Cheese in a few minutes. Serve with a salad and you have a memorable meal.

Stovetop Mac & Cheese

Try one of our tasty cheese sauces for your next meal. Or let your imagination soar and create one of your own variations on a classic cheese sauce. Don’t forget to share your favorite in the comment section below!

Here’s a video of Chef Jimmy Kennedy whipping up his classic Cheddar Cheese Sauce with Janice from Meal Makeover Moms on the Cabot Farmers’ Gratitude Grill:

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Candace Karu reports on all there is to discover and love about food and farming as well as communicating Cabot’s mission to support community, volunteerism, and sustainability. Whether online, on air, or in person, her job is to amplify the passion and commitment of the 1,000 farm families who own Cabot. When Candace is not representing Cabot, she lives, cooks, and works out in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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