One of the most tantalizing appetizers that you can serve is a Queso tasting plate. The reason why it has become one of the first go to appetizers or even meal components is because of the versatility that it brings. The Queso tasting plate gives you the opportunity to share your best quesos with guests and you can take a variety of different approaches to make it stand out as a masterpiece with food.
Variations to avoid boredom
Although some favorites will never become boring, it’s nice to change up what you’re doing every now and again for variety. The first idea is to feature your favoritequeso with carefully chosen chips that will not interfere with the flavor of the cheese. The second strategy is to add between two or three of your best queso recipes in smaller serving containers with a variety of chips, specialty snack breads and vegetables. This adds an exquisite twist to the standard tasting plate and gives guests a variety of dips to choose from. You may also want to consider varying the spiciness to include mild, medium and hot.
Favorite recipe to get you started
If you don’t have a favoriteQueso recipe, here is one to get you started.
EASY SKILLET GREEN CHILE QUESO
This recipe will take approximately 20 minutes to prepare and will serve 10.
- 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
- 2 cups prepared green chile sauce
- 1/2 cup queso fresco, divided
- 1 medium tomato
- 1 large onion
- 1 package Cacique USA oaxca cheese
- 1 bunch each cilantro and green onions.
Dice the large onion and set aside and repeat the steps with the tomato, green onions and cilantro, keeping them separate.
Add the virgin olive oil to a large cast iron skillet and heat the oil over medium heat.
Add the diced large onion and cook until tender and browned cooking for 8-10 minutes.
Sitr in the green chile sauce and blend well with the onions. Add half of the oaxca cheese, tearing it in chunks and add to the chile and onion mixture.
Continue stirring until all of the cheese is melted and it is mixed well with the other ingredients.
Remove from heat and top the skillet Queso with the rest of the packaged queso fresco, crumbled, the diced tomato, cliantro and green onions. This queso may be served with chips or vegetables of your choice.
This is just one of the many tasty queso recipes which are out there. We really enjoy experimenting with new flavor combinations, but in the end, there is no replacement for the old favorites. The thing to remember when making queso dips is that if you are using real cheese versus some of the easier to melt processed versions, that you watch for separation and oiliness. It can take a little practice to get the hang of making your own queso dips, but once you’ve mastered the art the sky is the limit for producing wonderful flavor combinations.