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How to Make Cheese Sauce

[ 0 ] January 22, 2015

How to Make Cheese Sauce

 

Cheese Sauce

Cheese Sauce

We’ve been getting a lot of requests for Beryl’s cheese sauce recipe.

A great cheese sauce is a basic ingredient in a lot of our wonderful dishes.

Although we have included the cheese sauce recipe in a lot of our videos for specific recipes using cheese sauce, we’ve never published a stand-alone cheese sauce recipe.

So, here’s Beryl’s famous cheese sauce recipe…

Mike likes it so much he would like it as a soup.

Ingredients for Your Cheese Sauce

3 T butter
3 T flour
3 cups of milk (or half and half or heavy whipping cream)
2 cups of grated cheddar cheese

(Note: T = tablespoon and t (lower case) = teaspoon)

In a deep skillet, melt the 2 Tablespoons butter on medium heat.

Once bubbly and hot, gradually add in the flour and whisk well (about 1 minute)

Gradually add in warmed milk and whisk to incorporate with flour mixture.

Continuously stir (like a roux) for 8-10 minutes.

(Make sure it’s not scorching on the bottom)

Cheese Sauce in a Soup

Cheese Sauce in a Soup

The white sauce should be thick and creamy.

Lower the heat and mix in the finely shredded cheese.

Keep on low heat until ready to serve.

(This cheddar cheese sauce recipe is so good you could pour it over cardboard and you’d have a great tasting meal.)

This cheese sauce is awesome for a topping for vegetables (like broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, etc), pasta dishes and as a base for soups and other dishes.

NOTE: We haven’t made a video on just the cheese sauce, but if you’d like to see a video of Beryl making the cheese sauce, you can go to –

http://www.cajuncookingtv.com/grilled-chicken-and-pasta

Mike and I appreciate you  visiting our Cajun Cooking blog!

Till next time,

Beryl

Beryl Stokes

Beryl Stokes

Potato and Broccoli Soup Recipe

[ 2 ] January 15, 2015

Potato and Broccoli Soup Recipe

 

potato-and-broccoli-soup

Potato and Broccoli Soup

Winter Potato and Broccoli Soup is a warm creamy soup made with fresh vegetables from our local farmers market, which made for a smooth delectable soup for dinner and perfect for small lunch portions.

It’s been unusually cold so far this winter in Baton Rouge.

I’ve had dig out a coat from my closet that hasn’t been worn in three years and gloves a friend gave me over 15 years ago.

I have also had a sudden interest in Hot Chocolate and Hot Tea.

So soup sounded like the perfect dinner last Sunday night.

For this Winter Potato & Broccoli Soup, small red or white potatoes are the main ingredient but feel free to add other colorful vegetables for a vivid array of tastes and colors.

Just like our colorful house, furniture, paintings, and clothes, our food must be colorful as well has flavorful.

Our color palette for this soup consisted of Gold Yukon Potatoes, Green Broccoli, Orange Carrots, and an Orange Bell Pepper.

Potato and Broccoli Soup Ingredients

broccoli potato soup ingredients2 T Canola Oil
2 cups diced Bell Pepper (one nice sized one – red , yellow or orange to add color)
2 cups diced Sweet Onion
1 t minced Garlic

3 T Butter
3 T All Purpose Flour
1 qt Vegetable or Chicken Stock

1.50 pounds small Red or White Potatoes (approximately, doesn’t have to be exact)
1 diced Carrot
1.25 pounds small Broccoli Crowns (cut to florets) (approximately, doesn’t have to be exact)
4 sliced Mushrooms (optional)

2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
2 cups Seaside White Cheddar Cheese

Potato and Broccoli Soup Seasonings:
1/4 teaspoon each – Celery Salt, White Pepper, Tony’s Chacherie Creole Seasoning, and Salt

How to Prepare Potato and Broccoli Soup

Wash and dice the vegetables.

broccoli potato soup ingredients

broccoli potato soup ingredients

Set aside.

Heat the 2 T Canola Oil on # 5 medium heat.

Add the 2 cups Bell Pepper and Sweet Onion.

Sauté 3-5 minutes.

Add the 1 t minced Garlic.

Cook for one minute more.

Add the 3 T Butter.

Allow to melt.

broccoli potato soup ingredients

Add the Broccoli

Sprinkle in the 3 T All Purpose Flour and stir until well blended.

Keep stirring for 1 minute.

(We just need a white roux.)

Slowly pour in the 1 qt Vegetable or Chicken Stock and mix well.

Allow to heat up and may have slow boil.

Add the cubed potatoes and allow to boil for 10 minutes.

Then, add the remaining vegetables except for the mushrooms.

Stir well.

potato-and-broccoli-soup

Potato and Broccoli Soup

Turn the heat down to about # 3 on the burner.

Add in the seasonings.

Stir well.

Allow the soup to simmer for 15 minutes.

Add in the Mushrooms.

Slowly add in the 2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream.

Stir well and often.

Allow to return to a low boil.

Potato and Broccoli Soup

Potato and Broccoli Soup

Turn off the heat.

Add 1 cup if the shredded White Cheddar Cheese.

Stir well to properly melt the cheese.

Serve hot with a sprinkle of shredded White Cheddar Cheese for garnish.

Finely chopped chives are also an excellent garnish.

Thinly sliced French Baguette is also nice for dipping in the creamy sauce.

Feel free to add other ingredients such as shaved Corn off the cob or crumbled Bacon.

Serves: 8 hearty bowls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

beryl stokes

Beryl Stokes

Black Eyed Peas Recipe

[ 8 ] December 9, 2014

How to Make Black-Eyed Peas

 

Mike’s Black Eyed Peas Recipe

 

black eyed peas

Black Eyed Peas

Beryl’s out of town, gone to Scotland for nine days, so I wanted to cook up a pot of something that I could eat on for a few meals.

(Unlike Beryl, I don’t mind eating the same thing 3-4 meals in a row, as long as it is something good!)

We already had spaghetti sauce and chili in the freezer, and I was really wanting something different, as well as easy to make…

Didn’t feel like jambalaya (I eat way too much of it when we have it), and neither red beans and rice or white beans was calling me.

I was looking around in the cabinet, and saw a bag of black-eyed peas. This sounded really good (and easy)…

Thanksgiving Side Items Recipe Favorites

[ 0 ] November 14, 2014

Thanksgiving Side Item Recipe Favorites

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it would be helpful to post a list of our favorite side items recipes all in one place.

Some of these items we have every year, and others are according to what we’re in the mood for when it’s time to cook.

So here’s a list of great side items for you to choose from!

And we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

Summer Grilling Tips InfoGraphic

[ 0 ] June 13, 2013

Did you know these grilling tips?

Easy tips for grilling like a pro! (Infographic)! (Infographic)

Source by JES Restaurant Equipment