Queso Blanco Mexican White Cheese Dip
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- Ready In:
- Put all ingredients in a double boiler and heat on medium.
- Cook until melted and well blended, stirring occasionally.
- Serve with fresh tostadas or hot flour tortillas.
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Made this last week for a dip at lunch for co workers, but I tried this because I am making a new recipe that is for my cookbook and it would be nice to use this as a dip. I'm not sure why so many people had a hard time. A couple of notes, however. First one poster said monterey jack doesn't melt good ... I use it all the time and it melts great, but for this I did use Asadero for the flavor. I used heavy cream which I think worked better, but half and half should be fine, I use it often. I really enjoyed the onions, although I used a shallot (not much difference there) and didn't use as much (just shy of 2 tablespoons), but would have no problem using the full amount, cilantro, but I added it at the end so it didn't get an odd taste. Now, a few important notes. If you are NOT using heavy cream or half and half and using light cream or milk ... it may and probably will separate. One solution, simply sprinkle a little flour, just a teaspoon with the cheese and it won't happen. Also, heat to medium. NOT TO a boil, just a simmer. A boil even a light boil can make it separate. Make sure to heat the cream first and USE a double boiler to control the heat. Not directly on and NOT the mirowave. Warm the cream and stir in the onion, chilies, serrano, cumin (only 1/2 teaspoon) was all that was needed for me, and salt I didn't find was necessary. Warm to medium heat and cook 3-4 minutes. Slowly stir in the cheese until all is melted. Finally add in the cilantro at the end. Serve. Creamy ... but yes, this is a NOT smooth cheese like velveeta, as you can tell by the green chilies, but it has great creamy flavor and texture. I do agree that there is too much cumin and I am a fan. And I just cut down on the onion for more of the cheese flavor, but honestly, it is a very simple easy good recipe. You can always omit the cilantro or just use as a garnish if you are someone who doesn't like cilantro. For me it added a nice flavor. Very nice recipe. I will be sure to include in my recipe for my chicken dish
To avoid texture problems try adding about 2 - 3 tbl spoons of flour to the milk or cream, stir, then microwave, then stir some more until flour incorporates with no lumps. Add try spices to milk mixture, stir, add shredded or small cubed cheese. Can use microwave for a minute or two at 50% power, just avoid boiling. Stir, add chopped serrano and chiles, repeat heat and stir until desired texture is achieved. Can sub corn starch for flour. Add more cheese or milk until you get what your looking for, experiment. I add a small amount of garlic powder, and generally leave out the cumin if I am trying to replicate the Mexican restaurant white cheese dip.<br/><br/>Reason: A starch is needed to coat the fat molecules in the mixture. The fat molecules are sticky and will re-combine with other fats to form clumps, coating the fat molecules with a small amount of starch prevents clumping.<br/><br/>Also note: Do not try and use the Mexican cheeses called Queso Blanco, Queso Fresco, or Panella. They are crumbling cheeses not melting cheeses.
You should sweat the onions and jalapeno in a small amount of EVOO until the onions are translucent. Warm the 1/2 n 1/2 over medium heat, stirring frequently so you don't scorch the cream. Then add your onions and jalapeno to the milk. Add the cheese a little at a time, incorporating until fully melted before you add the next bit. When the cheese is melted, add the chilies and season with salt, pepper, and a LITTLE nutmeg. I know nutmeg isn't Mexican in any way, but it brings out the flavor of the cheese in any sauce. If you desire a thicker, creamier texture, begin with a bechamel sauce first (1 qt of whole milk heated on medium for 20 minutes with an onion piquet - a quarter of an onion with half of a bay leaf pinned to it with about 4 whole cloves - while the milk is heating, make a white roux with 2 fl oz clarified butter and 2 oz of flour... cook your roux until its bubbly.. picture the sand on a beach as the waves crash on them, you're looking for that... but do not get any color on it! then you have a blonde roux and then it can turn to a brown roux... you don't want those flavors here. Remove the onion piquet and add the warm milt to the roux stirring constantly so you don't get clumps. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Then proceed with sweating the onions and jalapeno in a small amount of EVOO until the onions are translucent. add your onions and jalapeno to the milk. Add the cheese a little at a time, incorporating until fully melted before you add the next bit. When the cheese is melted, add the chilies. TASTE!!!! Then adjust seasonings (salt and pepper) as needed. This is a cheese sauce though... So I would't add the cumin.. You get the spice and flavors needed from the jalapeno and chilies.
Maybe I'm oversimplifying this, but all I did was use the cheese (12 oz asadero, shredded), 1/2 cup half-n-half, the green chiles, and a few tablespoons of minced pickled jalapenos. Microwaved for 30-second intervals at 50% power, stirring frequently, until it was all melted together. I sprinkled the cilantro on top. Perfect! My guests couldn't stop eating it. I think all the extras in this recipe are unnecessary. What I made deserved 5 stars! :)