Recipe courtesy of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger

Queso Fundido

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 6 servings as an appetizer
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Ingredients

1 fresh Poblano chile, roasted, peeled and seeds removed

1 fresh red bell pepper, roasted, peeled and seeds removed

1 fresh yellow bell pepper, roasted, peeled and seeds removed

1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) grated melting cheese, Manchego , Mozzarella or Monterey Jack

1/2 cup grated Cotija cheese, Romano or Feta

1/2 cup grated Panela cheese, dry cottage cheese or dry ricotta

1/2 white onion, peeled and diced

Freshly ground black pepper

12 flour tortillas or corn tortillas

Green Salsa for garnish, recipe follows

GREEN SALSA (TOMATILLO)

1 pound tomatillos, husked, washed and cut into quarters

2 - 4 large jalapeno chiles, stemmed, seeded if desired and roughly chopped

1/2 cup cold water

1/2 medium onion, cut in half

2 bunches cilantro, stems and leaves

2 teaspoons salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice chiles and peppers into 3-inch julienne strips, toss together and set aside. Set 6 small or 1 large earthenware or glass casserole in the oven to heat thoroughly, about 10 minutes. Combine the cheeses in a bowl and place in the warm casseroles and return to the oven to cook for 5 minutes. Sprinkle the cheeses over the peppers and chiles and diced onion and return to the oven for 5-7 minutes longer or until cheese is completely melted and beginning to bubble. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and serve immediately with warmed flour tortillas and Green Salsa on the side.

GREEN SALSA (TOMATILLO)

  1. In blender place tomatillos, jalapenos and water. Puree until just chunky. Add remaining ingredients and puree about 2 minutes more, or until no large chunks remain. This salsa keeps in the refrigerator, in a covered container, about 3 days.