I know you are gonna think I am strange, but I am not the biggest queso fan. I like it, but I don't want it all the time like Gary. He could eat queso with every meal. All he needs to survive is flat bread and queso. HA! He loves it! I like to sample it. Every Mexican food restaurant we visit we order a cup of queso as our gage. If we like the queso we will go back to that Mexican food place again.
After his couple of weeks of traveling Gary was ready to splurge on some queso. So while at the store we bought a slab of Velveeta. We vary rarely buy it. It is just a weird unexplained block of unhealthiness. BUT it is so good. When Gary put it in the shopping cart at the grocery store I said if we are gonna get that, we have to dress it up. I didn't want to cut up Velveeta and throw in the rotel and be done. I wanted something fun. Regular queso can get boring. I have made REAL queso before, you know starting with a roue adding cheddar cheese and wow, that is super time consuming. The last time I did that I got a cramp in my arm from the constant stirring. Anyway, I am posting below how I jazzed up our last batch of queso.
I sauteed half an onion and a bell pepper. I can smell it right now. I love the aroma of onion and bell peppers....Mmmmm :) Celery is my next favorite veggie to saute...it smells wonderful.
Then I added 1/2 a pound of pork breakfast sausage. Keep in mind you can do it with spicy sausage and get the extra spicy kick. Before little mouths were in our home we'd have made it extra spicy, but now we tone it down for the little people. The last time Layla ate something really spicy she wiped her tongue off with a washcloth for an entire afternoon. Drama...
Next ingredient...a can of cream of mushroom soup.
My favorite ingredient....add a bunch of that.
While the veggies are sauteing, have your helper husband cube up the Velveeta...
And then have him open a can of rotel...and pour in undrained. Also...remember you can do extra hot or just regular. Depending on if you are in a hot mood.
Microwave as normal, for a couple of minutes at a time stirring it up each time to a nice creamy dip consistency. I usually microwave for 2 minutes, stir and repeat until it is nice and dippy. Is that a word? Maybe dippable...Uhhh. Anyway...
Add sour cream to the sausage, soup and veggie mixture if you so desire. You can totally skip this step, but we like sour cream a little to much in this house. I don't buy it when I shop. But Gary was with me, and somehow it ended up in the cart. Why don't I purchase sour cream you ask? Because my kids love it. Layla has eaten it by the spoonful right out of the tub. Enough said. I did that with margarine when I was little. Now I am a butter fanatic, so if I can save my girl from the sour cream addiction I will.
Last step....pour the sausage and veggies into the cheesy mix. Stir it thoroughly and pop it into the microwave if it needs to be warmer. I like my queso warm...very warm. I like it with soft warm flour tortillas and super crispy salty chips. Hayden was making me laugh...he was saying 'mo queso' His little boy voice is so sweet. And watching him dunk and dip his food is so cute.
Good thing we ate the whole bowl this past weekend. If there were any left I would be in there snacking on it. Writing this post made me hungry. Even though it isn't my FAV it is still so stinkin' good.
What do you put in your queso?