I can traced my experience with queso to 3 monumental moments :) The first was a meal at a Tex-Mex restaurant outside of Houston, Texas. After a day of outlet mall shopping, we asked a store owner where to go, and I had my first queso. This was 5 years ago. That opened my eyes to the world of melted cheese.
My second experience was at a friend's football party. His wife made queso and I never left the side of the pot.
In between these years, I have made melted cheese by microwaving cheese (not a bad way), cooking cheese in a pot (i don't recommend this), or simply buy Queso dip from the store.
|I had to use this picture!! so nerdy.|
|Chopped vegies and apples, that looked like it were from Walmart, being served at the Melting Pot|
Long and behold, I bought two cheeses from Trader's Joe, (come on Trader's Joe, time to sponsor my blog).
Next, by taking a page out of Melting Pot's technique, I built a "Steaming device".
|Fill a small pot with water and put a large bowl over it|
Then I cut up the cheese to small pieces. Lesson learned here --- the smaller the better. Grate it if you can.
|The cheese should be smaller than this|
Next, melt the cheese in the bowl
|Cheese and cream. Please pardon the picture quality. I am still learning how to take better pictures.|
Finally, add some cream to the melted cheese.
Keep cooking (steaming) until the cheese becomes smooth.
|Very stringy melted cheese. Not the liquid flow-y consistency that I expected. Good nonetheless|
|A bit blurry. Trying to take a picture with one hand holding the camera|
I didn't add any seasoning to this dish. Just cheese and cream. But one can definitely spice it up a little by adding chopped onion/chives/herbs/splash of wine. I know of places that add fried bacon to the queso.
I am surprised by how easy it is to make this cheese fondue/queso. I used two kinds of cheddar cheese. I will definitely try other kinds of cheese in the future. Just not blue cheese :) I read somewhere that it is a good idea to mix hard and soft cheese.
hope you will try making your own fondue and let me know how it goes.