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Friday, February 3, 2012

Cooking with Banshee: Banshee Queso

This is the final installment of Banshee Sports' culinary celebration of Super Week.  This is the easiest and probably the cheapest of all the recipes that have been posted this week.  So, it's perfect for those of you who will be scrambling after church on Sunday to come up with something to bring to your neighbor's house for the big game.

I fully understand that I am not the only person in the world who knows how to make a cheese dip based on Rotel and Velveeta.  Anyone can do it.  And most of you have.  But, that doesn't mean that it isn't delicious.

Queso ingredients:
1 can Rotel
16 oz package of Velveeta
1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 bunch cilantro, chopped

Queso directions:
Turn a small crockpot on to the low setting.  Cut the Velveeta into small cubes (the smaller the better for purposes of melting).  Put the Velveeta in the crockpot.  Add the can of Rotel to the crockpot.  Juice and all.  Do not drain it.  Put the lid on the crockpot and let the cheese melt.  This will probably take about 45 minutes  Stir the mixture occasionally so that the cheese heats evenly.  When everything is just about melted, add the half can of black beans.  Make sure they are rinsed and drained.  At the very end, stir in the chopped cilantro.

A few tips:
1.  This dip can be served directly out of the crockpot or transferred to a serving bowl.  If you transfer it, the dip gets cool very fast.  If you leave it in the crockpot, keep an eye on it and stir it often.  Once the cheese gets melted, its starts to stick and burn a little.

2.  If you are making this dip for general consumption, use the "original" flavor Rotel.  It's tempting to choose the "hot" version, but that gets pretty intense.  I'm not saying you shouldn't do it, but I am giving you fair warning.

3.  You can experiment with the amount of cilantro that goes in the dip, but don't skip it.  The cilantro is what separates this recipe from the generic version on the back of the Rotel can.  That being said, you can always add more, but you can't really take it back out.  I love cilantro, so I use almost an entire bunch. 01 09 10