Hey y'all, Super Bowl is this Sunday!! Woo hoo!! I'm not gonna lie, I don't really care. Football is my least favorite sport. But, the occasion usually calls for foods you wouldn't normally eat on an everyday basis unless you are trying to cultivate a heart attack. I am down for said food (occasionally.)
This dip, it is to be used with caution. For some reason when used this way, the lure of processed cheese is too great to be resisted. It's not only an indulgence, but, dare I say it, a "man catching dip." And you only need 3-4 ingredients. I will use 3 for the purposes of my demonstration since I will be making it vegetarian friendly. You only need:
1 block of processed cheese cubed into 1-inch pieces
1 Can of diced tomatoes with chilis
1 Can of Cream of Mushroom
1 lb. of breakfast sausage (original recipe) but I am using ground beef (optional)
Shredded Cheese for topping (optional. I've never done it but might this time.)
Tortilla Chips for dipping
Bonus if you can find all of the ingredients in the store brand. I bought all of my ingredients at Joe Vs, which is a branch of H-E-B, a brand I've found to be awesome. It probably saved about $5 off of the name brand products and I'm using a low fat soup which maybe helps with the nutrition factor? Maybe?!
I've never used it for "man catching" purposes myself. I learned this simple recipe years after I got married, but know that MY man loves it. His eyes light up when he sees it.
I know my own male family members inhale it. But I never realized the magnitude that it has until one Easter. My sister-in-law invited us to her extended family's celebration. I had never met many of these people before. Everyone was extremely nice.
I took a dish for the potluck. It needed to be something that traveled well since it was about an hour and a half away. I knew there wo uld be many desserts. Hello...Easter? So I decided to take this queso dip. I made it at home and took it in a crock pot.
When we arrived, all of the food was placed inside. Soon a serving line was set up on the covered porch. I was standing in the yard, waiting for the crowd to die down when all of a sudden we see a flock of people (mostly men) crowd towards a part of the table. We were like, "What in the world?!" Then I realized-it was the dip. It was like bees on nectar. By the time I made it to the dip, it was already scraped at the bottom! I had made a double recipe!
Sidenote: This recipe makes a large amount; perfect for a small party. If we are having it at home, I cut the recipe in half but also easy to multiply for larger crowds.
Now, people of all genders really like this dip. I rarely find any left in the pot at the end of the party. It was just a really funny observation that at that moment, it was all men in cowboy attired that were getting at that dip. There were older men, younger men, married, unmarried, teenagers, children. It knows no boundaries.
Making the Dip
If you are using meat, saute the meet until just cooked and drain the extra fat. Cube the cheese.
That just makes it melt faster. You don't need this fancy green knife, but I bought it as a failed product and try to use it to get my money's worth anytime I can. At this point, with or without the meat, you start putting the ingredients together. I like to add in the ingredients one a time to let each warm up, but you can easily dump everything together as I did here.
Give it a stir and turn the heat on low.
I like to cover it, stirring every 10 minutes or so. This can burn very easily. If that happens, do not stir the burned bits up into the non burned cheese. Carefully pour it out into another pan or your crockpot.
Crockpot instructions: Put in all of the ingredients (with cooked meat if you are using it) and set on low. It should not take more than 1.5 to 2 hours for the cheese to melt. An easy dish to set and forget while doing other things. I haven't tried instant pot. It may not have enough liquid to be used properly as a pressure cooker. Also, you can adjust the amount of diced tomatoes to your taste. You do need to include it though. It will not taste the same without it. I only use about half a can.
This recipe made about 2 quarts. This is not traditional food. It's quite trashy health wise, but it tastes. so. good. An indulgence for sure. I think I will serve with a side of beans to get some fiber in there somewhere. You know, beans are good for your heart.
Now, I called this a "man catching dip." I am being facetious although I have seen it attract men. I don't know if I would use it as a way to "catch a man," but if it fact it does that, remember: Choose wisely; Treat kindly.