May 11, 2020

Shake Shack Reveals How to Make Their Cheese Sauce at Home

A close-up of a homemade version of Shake Shack's cheese sauce.
Shake Shack recently revealed how to make their cheese sauce at home in a video by Mark Rosati, their culinary director, which you can find on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

I wrote down / paraphrased the recipe below for reference. Just a few notes:

  •  The amount of certain ingredients seems to be incorrectly listed initially in the video (as in "tbsp" instead of "tsp") and appears to be corrected later in the video. I went with the latter amounts as they make more sense.
  • He didn't mention the heat level for the stove at any time but I would suggest medium to cook the onions and medium-high for deglazing. For the boiling portion, I would just set it to high until it starts to boil and then dial it down to low before mixing in the cheese.
Recipe: Shake Shack Cheese Sauce

- 2 cups American cheese
- 2 cups Cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 6 thin slices of jalapenos
- 3/4 cup sliced onions
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp peppercorns
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 tsp white wine

  • Add canola oil, onions, jalapenos, and peppercorns to a hot pan. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent.
  • Deglaze the pan with white wine vinegar and white wine and reduce (until most of the liquid is gone it looks like). Add heavy cream then turn off the heat and let steep for 30 minutes.
  • Strain mixture to remove solids. Pour mixture into pan and bring to a boil. Add both cheeses and whisk until creamy.

Photo via Shake Shack.

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