When it comes to appetizers, are you looking for a starting player for your football parties and other fall-season entertaining? It’s the winning call to move my Light Truffle Mushroom Burger Queso to the top of any line up. This creative hamburger-inspired dip is insanely flavorful, fun to serve, and quite likely to cause a celebration dance in the chip-and-dip zone.
Oh, and did I mention that in the scheme of indulgent, creamy, cheesy dips, this queso is not the diet disaster that you might assume it to be? I’ve lightened it by using lower-fat milk and cheeses along with lean ground beef! Read on to get all the deets and this winning recipe.
Instead of going the route of mystery “processed cheese product,” when making queso dips, I always opt to make my own roux and whisk in milk and a blend of real cheeses. Not that I’m a control freak or anything, but I appreciate that I can make a yummy treat for myself, family and friends that is based on real, whole food rather than laboratory-made, heart-clogging trans fats and a whole bunch of ingredients and preservatives I can’t pronounce.
And, by adding lean ground beef I’m upping the protein of this party snack, making it a little more sustaining to tackle that deep, down hunger. Win your busy weeknight dinners with the leftovers – the reheated hamburger queso is AMAZING serving in tortillas or stirred into pasta. Score!
Instead of using a truffle oil, I opt for black truffle salt to add a burst of savory flavor and umami taste the ground beef. In my experience, the oil goes rancid faster than I can use it, but the salt lasts forevaaaahhhhh . . especially since only a tiny amount is needed for big flavor (that also justifies the expense)! I like to sprinkle it on popcorn, scrambled eggs, and potatoes, too!
Also, don’t miss my Lower-fat Blue Cheese & Fire-roasted Tomato Queso, it’s another cheese dip recipe FTW.