Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Restaurant Style Mexican Cheese Dip

Forget chocolate-dipped strawberries. The next time I woo my wife I'm doing it with a nacho cheese fountain. My wife loves nacho cheese, the industrial yellow concoction that's served with tortilla chips and is ubiquitous at sporting events and amusement parks across the United States. Throw in some pickled jalapenos and she's happy.
However, there's a cheese dip she loves more. She goes ga-ga over the white queso they serve at most Mexican restaurants across the nation. For the past five years, I've been trying to find a recipe that replicated those dips, and I've finally found it in the following recipe:

Restaurant Style Mexican Cheese Dip
  • 16-ounce package of Velveeta Pepper Jack diced (It's labeled as "White Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product with Jalapeno Peppers")
  • 1/4 cup-all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of half & half
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1-2 tablespoons minced jalapeno chile peppers
  • I also add a bit of tomato and onion
  1. Toss together cheese and flour in a large resealable plastic bag until cheese is coated with flour.
  2. Heat half and half in a double boiler over medium heat. When it begins to simmer, add cheese. Stir occasionally until it melts.
  3. Stir in jalapenos and sour cream.Keep dip warm over low heat.
  4. Enjoy!
Again I've given my wife another reason to stay married to me.

Forgive me for using Velveeta. Tonight I'll place my my hand on my copy of The Cheese Primer by Steven Jenkins and pray for salvation.

I do think a lot about Velveeta though, and I believe there should be a book written about the history of everyone's favorite pasteurized cheese.

do i have cheese on my chin?


muddywaters said...

I apologize, but I think I rejected three comments to this post. Sorry!

I have been busy trying more authentic Mexican recipes. I've made about four different variations of chile sauce using dried chiles, but I haven't found anything I love yet.

Marianne said...

I love "white trash" cheese dip with Velvetta...I never knew about it until I married my man from Missouri. Where did you get that fountain? :)

Jane said...

I am definitely trying this recipe. A high school friend and I were just talking about white cheese dip the other day. I want it NOW! Reading your blog while I'm hungry and waiting for my husband to come home for dinner is probably not the best idea...