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December 21, 2010

Horseshoes!

*This is a special post requested by my friends Zach and Allie - Miss you guys!

Homemade Horseshoe!

For those of you not from the midwest, Springfield, IL. to be specific, this is a horseshoe. A full weeks worth of daily recommended calories in one glorious cheese soaked meal. This is not something you can walk away from. It usually results in at least a stagger if not a full on nap.

My horseshoe consists of (bottom to top):
- One slice toasted whole wheat bread
- One grilled veggie patty
- Sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes, red peppers and red onions
- Baked french fries
- Cheese sauce from scratch

You can replace the veggie patty with any meat you can think of from ham to barbecued chicken. Back home I usually replace it with tomato and egg. Yum!

Here is the recipe I came up with for my cheese sauce. It was really pretty good...

  • 5 T Butter (I know...I know it only gets worse but it's well worth the extra jog!)
  • 5 T Flour
  • 2 c Shredded Sharp Cheddar
  • 2-3 c Milk
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t ground pepper
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Paprika for color

Melt the butter in a large sauté pan and add flour when it starts to bubble. Cook until flour loses its raw smell and just starts to lightly brown - about 2-3 min.

Slowly start adding milk in small quantities, thoroughly whisking after each addition. If you've not made a roux before this step is scary. The second the milk hits the pan the flour soaks it all up and leaves it looking curdled and lumpy. Have faith - keep whisking and add a little more milk. Start with just two cups, but if it seems thick add more to taste.

Sprinkle in cheese one hand full at a time, stirring to combine before adding more.

Season with salt, pepper, Cayenne and paprika to taste. Serve immediately.

This is not a meal I make frequently, but in my opinion there is no finer comfort food.

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Justin and I made horseshoes while we were stuck inside. We didn't have bread, so we substituted velveeta and shells. We used your recipe for the cheese sauce--it worked out awesome!

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