Cheesy chips are one of my favourite ways to eat chips… if I’m having them as a stand-alone snack. My version of cheesy chips is a rich, thick cheddar cheese sauce to top oven chips. The cheese sauce is simple to make (might just take a bit of practice to make perfectly smooth) and ready in less than the time it takes for the chips to cook.
There’s something so comforting about simple, fuss-free meals like this. They take minimal time to prepare, you don’t need to go out and grab ingredients for them, and they’re loved by the whole family.
You could of course, also use this cheese sauce recipe to top whatever you fancy! You could even add in any other snacks into cook with the chips if you wish – such as breaded chicken or Quorn nuggets.
I always use mature cheddar as it’s always in my fridge, and I love the sharpness it adds. You could make this cheese sauce with mild or medium cheddar if that’s your preference, too!
How to make cheesy chips at home
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1. Grate the cheese
2. Heat butter in pan
3. Once the butter has melted, add in the flour
4. Stir to form a paste – cook this for 1 minute
5. Then add a LITTLE bit of the milk in
6. Mix to combine
7. Then repeat the process – adding a bit more milk, mix until smooth
8. Repeat this process until you’ve worked all the milk in and the sauce is smooth and silky – be patient, it will come together, just keep stirring and don’t rush it
9. Once the sauce is smooth, add in the cheese
10. Stir until the cheese is melted
11. If you’re adding in garlic granules (optional) then add them in now
12. Stir to combine – then it’s ready! Turn the heat off if your chips aren’t cooked yet
13. Once your chips are cooked – pour the sauce on top and enjoy!
- Chips (enough to serve 4 people)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 500ml milk
- 200g mature cheddar
- 1 tsp garlic granules (optional)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Grate the cheese
- Begin to cook your chips as you normally would - I often just use oven chips for this recipe - so, cook as per packet instructions (or make from fresh if you'd prefer)
- Whilst the chips are cooking, heat a non-stick saucepan to low heat
- Add in the butter until it has melted
- Then tip in the plain flour, stirring with a wooden spoon until a paste forms
- Cook this paste on low heat for 2 minutes (stirring throughout)
- Next, GRADUALLY add milk - a little at a time. As you add the milk in, stir continuously to mix with the paste. You're aiming for a smooth sauce, so please don't add all the milk in at once, take your time to combine the paste and milk until smooth (as the milk heats up it'll help to melt the paste a bit too).
- Once all the milk has been added, gradually begin to add in the grated cheese, stirring to melt as you do so
- Cook for 3 more minutes, until the sauce is thick and smooth
- Sprinkle in the garlic granules (if using) and salt - stir to combine
- If the sauce is too thick, add some more milk
- Once cooked, turn the heat off
- Once the chips are cooked, pour the cheese sauce all over them, and enjoy!
Leftover cheese sauce? Save it for another meal! It will solidify as it cools, but simply zap in the microwave for a minute to make it runny again (or quickly re-heat in the pan).
Amount Per Serving Calories 371Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 75mgSodium 767mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 17g
Nutritional data provided here is only an estimate. If you're tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!