I know some of you are hatin' me right now for knocking Velveeta and Rotel and if you feel that way then your most likely not going to try this. But....for those of you who are longing for something more....then I'm about to deliver you out of so-so queso and into the world of "take your finger and squeegee the bowl for every last drop" queso.
Your going to need fresh produce to make pico de gallo or you can purchase fresh pico from your grocery store.
If you purchase fresh pico you will still need lots of fresh cilantro.
In the section of the scary processed cheese you will bypass the big yellow box and look for white american cheese. Our store doesn't sell it without jalapenos in it so if yours does that works just as well and the box may look different.
1 large box (2 lbs) of White American Cheese
1.5-2 cups of fresh pico
1 cup fresh cilantro (If you added lots of cilantro to your homemade pico then reduce this amount to 1/2 cup)
1 large lime (squeeze the juice and add some of the pulp)
1 chopped jalapeno
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chipotle paste
1 tsp of extra hot sauce (use whatever you have available) I personally use Freebirds death sauce.
1/2 cup of cream or half and half
1-2 cloves of minced fresh garlic
Put it all together and heat until well mixed. You can also add some mexican cheese Queso Fresco if your feeling extra fancy. This stuff is AMAZING! I promise you won't dissapoint if you show up to a party with this in tow...just beware you may be asked to make it time and time again by the man in your home.
*Sorry I dont have a pic of the finished product. It goes pretty quick once it's ready.
When I was in college I had one of the most wonderful meals at a friends great grandmothers home. This lady was in her 90's and still whipping up some of the most delicious meals. Her coconut cream pie was to die for so I asked her for the recipe and she quickly told me "no." I thought she was kidding but I'm here to tell you...she went on to enlighten me that a women in her day and time never shared a a good recipe with another women. She said a good recipe was the way women got a good man back then and you didn't just hand out your goods to anybody.
I got my man...I guess I can share the recipe now.