Tonight was Guys Movie night at our house. My husband and 8 of his friends all huddled around the TV watching Thor at max volume consuming lots of junk food. I wanted to make a concession stand for them just like at the move theaters -  with fresh popped popcorn, lots of candy, mini ice creams and nachos with HOMEMADE nacho cheese sauce.

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I had the first couple guests that arrived rearrange the couches for the optimal movie viewing. Meanwhile I got to work on the nachos.

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Pre-grate about 2/3s of a loaf of cheddar cheese. That’s about 4+ cups.

4 cups cheddar cheese

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In a large sauce pan on medium heat melt the butter. Once melted sprinkle the flour and stir constantly.

4 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour

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Continue stirring for about 3 minutes or until the mixture starts to golden.

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Now slowly stir in warm milk. Emphasis on SLOWLY because if you go too fast it will get lumpy and that’s just no good. Patiently add the milk about 1/4 cup at a time until you reach a smooth thick consistency.

4 cups whole milk

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Once the mixture is nice and bubbly add the seasoning. These measurements are approximate, add as much or as little as you’d like.

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon chili powder

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Now it’s time to add the cheese. Slowly sprinkle in a small handful at a time, constantly stir.

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Finally it’s time to add the cream to give it a nice smooth texture. Otherwise it gets grainy from all the cheese. Stir until combined.

1/2 cup heavy cream

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Drizzle over tortilla chips. For movie night I kept it warm in a fondue pot, but you could also keep it on the stove on low heat.

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