Meatless Monday – Susan’s Queso Fundido

Queso fundido is a traditional Mexican antojito or snack that consists mostly of melted cheese. Can’t get much more delicious than that! Served with tortillas or tortilla chips for dipping. You can usually order it with chorizo or other ingredients like mushrooms for extra flavoring!
Now, I love melted cheese as much as anyone else but what I do not like was the fact that when the lovely cheese comes out it is warm and stringy then turns to a more solid form as it cools. So I came up with my own version that remains spreadable longer and is a hit everywhere I serve it! In fact I have had so many requests for this recipe by my wonderful clients I decided to share it with you all…

1 package cream cheese
1 cup grated cheese *I like using Manchego
1/4 cup extra grated cheese for topping
1/4 cup mayonaise or sour cream
1/2 glove garlic finely chopped
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. oregano
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
1 tbsp finely chopped jalapeno or a few dashes of hot sauce
Salt to taste

Mix together and place in oven proof baking dish and top with remainder grated cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serve with tortilla chips or for a healthier version chop fresh veggies in sticks for delicious dipping!

Suggestions:
Add other ingredients such as chopped, seeded fresh chopped tomato, chorizo, mushrooms or beans.
Substitute light versions of cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise to make it healthier.

Be sure to make enough as it always disappears fast!

Susan de Lima is the Operations Chairperson for Taste of Playa 2010. She owns and operates a local catering and concierge business Latido de Mexico, www.latidodemexico.com.

Meatless Monday recipes are posted weekly in support of an international campaign that encourages people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet. Reducing meat consumption by 15% (the equivalent of one day a week) lessens the risk of chronic preventable illness and has a strong positive impact on the environment.

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