Sunday, February 7, 2010

Mexican Beer Cheddar Fondue

If you are looking for a yummy, easy, last minute add on to your Super Bowl table, look no further! Mexican Beer Fondue is it! In fact you probably already have all of the ingredients at your party or in your fridge.

Hold on tight cause here we goooo!

  • 2 cups of shredded Mexican cheese. You can buy the pre-shredded bag from the grocery store or make your own. If you are feeling especially sassy, add a little pepper-jack to your mix.

  • TBSP flour

  • Bottle of Mexican Beer. Corona works great.

  • 2-3 TBSP salsa or pico de gillo, as hot as you would like it.

  • 1/2-1 TBSP chopped jalapenos (optional, if you like some extra oompf)

Take your shredded cheese and add a heaping TBSP of flour, get all your cheese coated. In a double boiler (or in my case, a glass or metal bowl over a pot of simmering water) start by pouring 1/2 bottle of beer. Once that comes to a simmer, add your cheese and stir constantly. Watch your heat so you don't get that funky cheese separation thing, don't allow your cheese to simmer. Add in a couple TBSP of salsa or pico, optional jalapenos, and viola! You may need to play with the cheese/beer/salsa ratio to get the right consistency. I usually start with 1/2 the bag of cheese and keep adding until it is thick enough to stay on a chip, but thin enough to not break the chip.
And here is the cast of characters who like to take a little dip in the hot tub of gooey cheese deliciousness:

Tortilla chips, Granny Smith apple chunks, carrot bites, celery bites, cauliflower bites, and a variety of cubed bread.

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