Post by mommasquilts on Oct 15, 2018 13:15:03 GMT -5
I love chili con queso but really hate velveeta. What kind of cheeses would melt well for a cheese dip? I’ve tried a few that I picked up from the store and my dip ended up a lumpy, runny mess. My DD was unimpressed, as was I. Do any of y’all have a real food recipe for chili con queso?
I've made a similar cheese sauce for years, using up odds and ends of cheese that I have around the house. Cottage cheese will stretch and get gooey, which is kind of fun. Sharp cheeses to add some depth to the flavor, mild cheeses to keep it creamy. I also like to add some sour cream to the mix. I make up huge batches and freeze the extra in zip top bags, adding a bit of milk to thin it out when I use it from frozen. I've never had it get an odd texture.
Also great with homemade chorizo! I make a bechamel and then add grated cheese. If you use any firmer varieties of aged cheese (sharp cheddar for example) it is more prone to curdling. Balance the drier cheese with something that has a high moisture content like Monterey Jack and it will melt very nicely and not curdle on you. (Same goes for mac and cheese)
I would use Jack and a mild or medium Cheddar or Colby. Or a young Gouda.
Be sure to take your finished white sauce off the heat for a minute or two before adding the cheese. If it's too hot it will want to curdle. Sometimes I add a splash of cold milk after the cheese if it seems like it's too hot.
I watched a video recently where the guy makes his own processed cheese with his own ingredients. He makes sodium citrate by boiling salt and calcium chloride then dehydrating it til he gets a powder, looks pretty easy. Then he simply melts some cheese, butter, water and some sodium citrate together then puts into a mold. Apparently thats all there is to processed cheese! And it'll melt just like velveeta but homemade with very simple ingredients. Cant wait to try! THe guy suggested using homemade cheeses that turned out maybe too crumbly to use or osmething. Gavin Weber also did a video on it.
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