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Home Entertaining Recipepalooza: We asked some of our favorite bloggers to share a recipe and their tips for home entertaining. This queso recipe comes from Arena. Arena married a Nerd and now she knows way too much about Star Wars, flanges, and Magic: The Gathering. She writes a Dallas mom blog, The Nerd’s Wife, featuring recipes, photography tips, and stories of her family’s nerdy exploits. See this recipe on her blog.

Tillamook Queso Blanco

We always serve queso at our family gatherings – especially during football season! It’s the perfect tailgate dish! Gig’em Aggies!

1 tablespoon of Tillamook Butter
1 can of Rotel tomatoes and green chiles
1 pound of pork breakfast sausage
12 ounces Tillamook Vintage White Medium Cheddar, shredded
4 ounces Tillamook Monterey Jack, shredded
¼ –  cup of milk

Brown the pork sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat and then set aside. Drain the Rotel tomatoes and heat the butter on medium-high heat until melted. Add the Rotel tomatoes and sauté for about 2 minutes until fragrant. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, mix the cheese and ¼ cup of milk until the cheese is melted, stirring constantly. Add the Rotel and sausage to the saucepan. Mix well. Then gradually stir in milk until the queso reaches desired consistency. (Make sure the cheese is fully melted before adding any more milk. If you put too much milk, the queso will be too runny.) Serve immediately (it’s yummier that way!) with tortilla chips for dipping.


About Arena: 
Tips for stress-free home entertaining:
“For me, the key is to be prepared. I like to keep several options for dinner and dessert on hand, just in case company arrives unannounced. My freezer is stocked with pies-in-a-jar, frozen cookie dough, and enchiladas I can pop right into the oven.

Kitchen advice for other moms and dads:
“Find recipes to serve that are easy to prep in advance, but still unique and fun! I served Monkey Cupcakes at my niece’s birthday party – I baked the cupcakes and made the monkey faces in advance, and they lasted several days frozen. The cupcakes were so fun and cute – all the kids loved them!”

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Mike Rogers

Thanks for posting this. I've been wanting a good chile con queso recipie that didn't involve using processed cheese. I'm making it tonight for having while we watch the cowboys game. Unfortunately I'm predicting that the dip will be a bigger success than the 'Boys. At least our Aggies won big yesterday.
Gig 'Em!


November 4th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Tillamook Team

Hi Mike!
I'm so happy to hear you like the recipe! I have an undying love for queso as well and was so happy to get my hands on this delicious recipe!
How did the queso turn out? Best of luck against the Eagles this week!

All the best,
Amalya, of the Tillamook Team

November 8th, 2012 at 8:22 am
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