I have to announce for all to hear that I am not a Super Bowl fan. My husband is cringing right about now – as are many of you, I am sure. And in my defense, all I can say is “he knew what I was when he picked me up.” Anyway, normally, I don’t give a twitch for the Super Bowl. However, you may have noticed that the almighty Green Bay Packers are in it to win it this year. I live in Wisconsin. Green Bay, to be exact. If I don’t cheer this Super Bowl season? Well, I’m liable to be driven out of town at first light. Football loyalty is high (read: crazy) here. So I figure if I have to follow along, I’ll drown myself in food along the way. Here’s to a week full of Super Bowl food so delicious you’ll forget you are even watching football!
To kick things off (pun completely intended), here is a revved up queso dip that is so tasty, it is unreal. But guess what the most wonderful part is? It uses real cheese. Real cheese! Can you imagine it? Real cheese in a cheese dip? Love that. And it manages to stay creamy and smooth and absolutely addicting. Another plus is that this reheats superbly on low, which I only know because we ate this for dinner three nights running while my husband was traveling for business and he still enjoyed some on the fourth day stating, “This is amazing. You should totally do a post on Super Bowl appetizers and blog about it.” No, really?? Done.
Note: if you aren’t familiar with chorizo, it is a pork sausage that is usually cured and requires cooking prior to eating. The outer casing is easily (and should be!) removed prior to cooking. Chorizo is usually located by the other sausage-type meats in the meat section of the grocery store and it can range from mild to spicy so choose the flavor that suits your taste buds best! In a pinch, I’m guessing that another spicy-ish pork sausage would work in place of the chorizo.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup minced yellow onion
- 8 ounces chorizo, casings removed and diced
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) medium cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 small can diced green chiles
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the diced chorizo and cook, breaking up the chorizo into smaller pieces if you like, until it is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Pour off all but one tablespoon of fat from the pan. Add the flour and stirring constantly, cook for 1-2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the milk and combine well. Cook over medium heat until the sauce is thick, about 4 minutes. Add the cream cheese to the pot in tablespoon-size pieces and stir to combine as the cream cheese melts. Reduce the heat to low and add the cheese 1/4 cup at a time, stirring until each addition is melted before adding more. Stir in the green chiles and the salt.
- Serve warm in a bread bowl or with tortilla chips.
Recipe Source: adapted from Joy of Cooking