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Butternut Squash Queso Fundido

By Pavani @napavani
Super Bowl weekend is coming up and I'm sure all sports fans are gearing up for a fun game night. I am not a big football fan and don't follow it too closely. But I'm excited about the half time show and the commercials more than the game itself :-)
Cheese dip with Butternut Squash This queso dip made with butternut squash will be a yummy addition to your super bowl party menu. It is secretly healthy with the addition of squash and sports two-thirds less fat than the classic queso (or cheese) dip.
Cheese dip with Butternut Squash I was skeptical about the taste because I was expecting a very strong squash taste, but I was pleasantly surprised on how creamy and delicious this dip turned out. It doesn't have the tell tale taste of the squash, I think adding the chipotle chili really helps with its smokiness. Serve with some nacho tortilla chips and veggies for dipping.
Cheese dip with Butternut Squash
Butternut Queso Fundido Ingredients:
  • 1 Small Butternut squash
  • 1 Medium Red Onion, finely chopped
  • ¼cup Vegetable Stock
  • 1 Chipotle chile plus 1tsp adobo sauce
  • 1tbsp Flour
  • ¼cup Part-skim Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • ¼cup Reduced fat 4-cheese Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 4 Radishes, thinly slices
  • 2 Green Onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 Jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • As needed Tortilla chips
  • To taste Salt
Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Prep the Butternut squash: Cut the squash into half and remove the seeds. Place it cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 30~35 minutes or until very tender. Cool slightly and puree the flesh.
  3. Heat 2tsp oil in a medium cast iron pan, add the onions and cook for 5 minutes or until softened. Add flour, cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Add the stock, squash puree, chipotle and salt; bring to a boil.
  5. Lower the heat to medium-low, add 3tbsp each of mozzarella and Mexican cheeses; cook for 2 minutes or until smooth, stirring until cheese melts.
  6. Now preheat the broiler to heat.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining 1tbsp cheeses over the op and broil for 1~2 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. Top with radishes, cilantro, green onions and jalapeno. Serve with chips and enjoy!!
Cheese dip with Butternut Squash
Butternut Squash Queso Fundido
Also linking this to Valli's 'Cooking from Cookbook Challenge: February -- Week 1'.
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