Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Taco Night

Tonight was another taco dinner night in our house....it tends to be a favorite and easy weeknight meal. I have been craving queso dip recently and unfortunately the grocery store does not sell any type of Velveeta cheese here, nor is mexican cuisine on any menus in the area. Thank goodness for the internet and expat forums! Through my searches, I found some recipes from other expats who have had to come up with their own velveeta-type substitutes.  I took a few recipes and tweaked them, and came up with the following recipe that I am pleased to share for a tasty con queso dip:

- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan over medium-high heat, then stir in 1 tablespoon of butter and mix with a whisk until a roux forms and the mixture becomes a bit thick and stiff. 
- Add, one and a half cups of milk and quickly whisk over the heat.
- Add about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, or more to taste. 
- Stir in about 100 grams of cream cheese (I just eye-balled about a half of a "normal" size cream cheese container here) and then also about 2 handfuls of mild grated cheese. 
- Stir the mixture until all the cheese is melted. 
- Add about 1/2 - 1 cup of salsa and stir until completely mixed in.

Serve warm with tortilla chips and enjoy a little bit of mexican while living away from the mexican restaurants and velveeta cheese! 


Anonymous said...

Oh how I miss velveeta... and queso is only the first of many fun things you can do with it...

MikeH said...

The tacos sound good, but my idea of an easy meal is walking across the road and choosing between the Indian or Chineese Takeaway or the Fish-and-Chips shop. Lazy? Me?