Saturday, December 3, 2011

White Cheese Dip

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This time of year in Arkansas, cheese dip is a huge hit!  There are company potlucks, neighborhood get togethers, and Game Day Parties!  My husband over the years has made the classic Velveeta Rotel dip that almost everyone in Arkansas makes.  However, we got onto a health kick and I read Skinny Bitch and they convinced me that real cheese is better.  Once you start to read ingredient labels, and you see the words processed or artifiicial, you see how obesity and diabetes grow every year.  Arkansas is the number one state in the country for stroke deaths.  Obesity and diabetes are huge risk factors for stroke.  If you love cheese dip, try real cheese. 
Asadero cheese is found in the Mexican aisle of your grocery store, or in Mexican markets.  It is made with skim milk, so it's lower in fat than many cheeses.  It has a mellow flavor and melts well!  The following recipe makes enough for a large crowd, but if you ask me how many people, it really depends on how much each person eats!
I don't have a double boiler, so I used a glass bowl that proved to be shatter proof over an enameled cast iron dutch oven.  This method allows the cheese to melt evenly without burning.  I saw Paula Deen do the same thing today with chocolate!

Ingredients:
  • 4 (10 oz.) blocks of Asadero cheese
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 can of 8 oz. green chilis
  • 2 cloves of garlic, pressed through a garlic press
  • Dash of Louisiana hot sauce  
  • 1 pound of ground turkey 93/7 lean
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
Directions:
  1. Brown the ground turkey with the onion.  Add the garlic during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  2. Drain well.  Set aside.
  3. Grate the asadero cheese into a heatproof glass bowl.  Fill a saucepan or dutch oven with 2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil, then set the the bowl of cheese over it.
  4. Leave the the heat on medium high.  Add the milk, then stir the cheese and watch it melt.
  5. Once the cheese is melted, add it to a 6 quart slow cooker.  Add the drained ground turkey, green chilis, cumin, and dash of hot sauce.
  6. Keep on warm for guests to enjoy.  I love to serve with Tostitos Artisan Recipes Roasted Garlic and Black Bean Tortilla Chips!  They truly stand out in a crowd!  

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