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I want to serve meatballs that have been dipped in a melted white sauce or. fondue cheese... but would like to do it in a way that the cheese doesn't just slide off the meatballs but clings to it or begins to harden bit once it coats the meatball...any ideas suggestions? thanks

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    Welcome to SA! It's not clear from your question above ... do you want the cheese to harden once the meatballs are dipped, or you want it to stay soft? – FuzzyChef Dec 28 '19 at 5:48
  • Welcome @Coreen, I've changed your question title to reflect your actual question. – GdD Dec 28 '19 at 13:35
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A very hot sauce that is thin and runny will thicken as it cools down. That's why one makes a sauce thinner in the pot than one wants it on the plate. A solution to your problem might be as simple as serving the sauce at a lower temperature. If you're serving the sauce on a heat source, lower it.

If you can't alter the serving temperature for some reason, an alternative is to increase the thickening agent, whatever it is. Increasing something like flour (starting with more roux) or cornstarch wouldn't affect the flavor. Or possibly a different thickener would be better for your recipe. Arrowroot might be a better alternative if it's an acidic environment, for example. There are lots of choices.

A thicker cheese sauce is easier to scorch, though, so that's something to look out for.

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