Cast-Iron Smoked Queso Dip

(Family Features) Gathering your team to plan for a truly memorable game day at home starts with almost everyone’s favorite part of the festivities: the food. From meaty meals and zesty appetizers to sweet, long-lasting snacks, fuel your crowd with recipes that keep them coming back from kickoff to overtime.

One superstar of the menu at many homegating parties is salsa, whether it’s used as a finishing touch in recipes or as a standalone snack to enjoy with chips, veggies, or other pairings. In fact, according to the Game Day Eats Report from Fresh Cravings, 22% of guests would insist on running out to pick up salsa if it wasn’t available for the feast; 18% would even be devastated and consider leaving.

Chef Anthony Serrano recommends this all-American recipe he makes for his family on game day. Snacking throughout the action is a preferred approach for many fans, making Cast-Iron Smoked Queso Dip and Hummus Deviled Eggs go-to options for armchair quarterbacks.

This crowd-pleaser makes game day worth celebrating, especially if you use salsa with high-quality ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, crisp vegetables, zesty peppers, and spices found in Fresh Cravings Salsas. Their flavor-packed, vibrant recipe offers a homemade-tasting alternative to the softer, duller blends of jarred salsa.

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Cast-Iron Smoked Queso Dip

Recipe courtesy of chef Anthony Serrano

2 cups cheddar cheese
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
1 teaspoon almond flour
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup Fresh Cravings Restaurant Style Salsa
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup cooked chorizo
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
cilantro, for garnish
diced bell pepper, for garnish

In a cast-iron pan, mix cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and almond flour. Pour in heavy cream and salsa; bring to a gentle simmer. Whisk while simmering 5-7 minutes, or until queso dip begins to thicken. Add paprika, salt, chorizo, and liquid smoke; adjust seasoning as necessary.

Garnish with cilantro and bell pepper.


Source: Fresh Cravings