Gouda Sauce for Sweet Potato Cheese Fries

This is the health-conscious foodie’s answer to that plastic-y, orangey-yellow, artificial, and highly processed cheese sauce classically  served with deep-fried potatoes to create the ever-popular cheese fries.

Not only is this cheese sauce all-natural and actually recognizable as food, but it also features a rather gourmet cheese:

Gouda!

One of my favorite cheeses, wax-wrapped aged gouda is pungent (in a good way!) and very flavorful. It also melts beautifully, rendering it ideal to use in a melted cheese sauce.

If gouda isn’t your thing, simply sub in an equal amount of another good melting cheese such as gruyere, swiss, raclette, or fontina.

Along with gouda, this velvety sauce incorporates neufchatel (1/3-less-fat) cream cheese for body, milk to thin it out a bit, and a touch of olive oil to keep it all smooth and silky.

You’ll want to serve the melted cheese sauce immediately, as it tends to thicken up quite quickly upon cooling. This shouldn’t be a problem, though, because once you taste the cheese sauce, you won’t want to waste any time drizzling it over crisp baked sweet potato fries and devouring a whole plate!

You can’t tell me you don’t want to dive into this:

 

 

Gouda Sauce for Sweet Potato Cheese Fries

by Lauren Zembron (adapted from Damn Delicious, originally from Pinch of Yum)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: bake appetizer side snack vegetarian cheese sweet potatoes

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 4 oz neufchatel (1/3-less-fat) cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used organic 1%)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2/3 cup shredded gouda cheese

For serving:

  • homemade or store-bought sweet potato fries (I like Alexia Sweet Potato Fries) baked according to package directions

Instructions

While sweet potato fries are baking, (about 5 minutes before they’re scheduled to be done), whisk together the cream cheese and milk in a small saucepan set over medium heat. When thoroughly combined and smooth, reduce heat to low and whisk in the olive oil, salt, and shredded cheese until fully melted.

Serve immediately with the hot fries.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (without fries):

175.6 calories, 15.2 grams fat, 8.5 grams saturated fat, 0 grams fiber, 8.0 grams protein

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