Running Forward

Football Food- Round Two

on February 8, 2015

Time for the cheese dip! It’s ridiculous how simple this recipe is and how much better is tastes than restaurant cheese dip. Unless, of course, you’re at Sabores in Hoboken. Queso was never a temptation to me growing up- I always found it rather tasteless and a waste of calories. But a few months ago I went to dinner at Sabores with some high school friends and one of the girls insisted on cheese dip. Great decision. Instead of a thick, white sludge with hardly any resemblance to real cheese, this was so different. The waiter brought the dip out in a little cast iron skillet and the texture was nothing like the cheese dip I’d grown up with. It was real cheese! It had a stringy, texture and a sharp, salty bite that made it hard to stop eating. In fact, at one point I ditched the tortilla and went at it with just my fork. So good! The dip stuck with me, so I knew I needed to make some form of it for my Super Bowl party. I didn’t measure (per usual), but the recipe is more like a basic formula and is easy to eyeball. Once the dip is done, you have to eat it when it’s still warm and reheat as needed. Feel free to add more milk with each reheat if the mixture becomes too solid. Make it today!

Real Cheese Dip

Small block monterey jack cheese with jalapeños (grated)

milk (I used almond milk)

2 tbsp all purpose flour

1 tbsp butter

Place a small saucepan over low heat and melt the butter. Once almost completely melted, add the flour and use a small whisk to make sure it gets completely incorporated. Next, add a small amount of milk (start with maybe 1/2 cup) and make sure the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps left from the flour. Start gradually adding your cheese while continuing to whisk the mixture. Continue adding the cheese and milk as needed depending on the texture you’re looking for. Just make sure that the milk never comes close to a boil. Feel free to add any additional add-ons near the end (shrimp, chicken, more jalapeños, mushrooms, etc.)

See? Super easy and way better than the sludge you find at most Mexican restaurants. Enjoy!

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