Queso Fundido Recipe

Categories: Appetizers and Recipes.

This recipe for Queso Fundito (melted cheese dip) is the ultimate cheese lovers delight and a definite favorite with our friends. Served hot, the melted cheeses, spicy topping and crunchy chips leave you wanting more. Serve this at your next summer gathering or graduation get together.

Queso Fundido RecipeIngredients

  • ¼ cup organic unroasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 head of jumbo garlic
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 4 tomatillos
  • 1 bunch of fresh organic Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 bunch of organic fresh cilantro
  • 1 large jalapeno chile
  • ¼ cup vegetable stock
  • 200g jack cheese (about 1/2 a block)

Method

  1. Place unpeeled garlic head in a small ovenproof dish (cut off bottom and top) and olive oil over garlic. Sprinkle with dried oregano and roast at about 350ºF for 45 minutes, or until very soft.
  2. When done, allow the garlic to cool and then remove from peel by squeezing the soft flesh out of the skins and into a food processor or Vitamix.
  3. Skewer the jalapeno pepper with a fork and roast it over a medium burner until the skin starts to blister – if you don’t have a gas stove you can roast the jalapeno in a separate baking dish in the oven while roasting the garlic.
  4. One the skin is blistered, place in a dish and cover with a teatowel until cool.
  5. Once cool use a sharp knife remove the skin and seeds.
  6. Put pumpkin seeds in a cast iron pan and heat over a medium flame until they start to pop. Careful not to look away – they toast quickly!
  7. In a food processor, combine pumpkin seeds with roasted garlic, tomatillos (quartered), parsley, cilantro, roasted jalapeno and veggie stock. Pulse until it becomes a paste but do not puree. You want the crunch of the pumpkin seeds. It should look like a pesto.
  8. Cut the Monterey jack cheese into slices and place in an ovenproof dish.
  9. Spoon the pumpkin seed-paste over and around the cheese.
  10. Bake at about 400ºF for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  11. Serve hot and with tortilla chips.
  12. Enjoy!