You know the queso dip you get at mexican restaurants? The creamy white goodness that is soooooo bad for you but such a perfect treat? Yeah, you can't get that stuff in stores. I was unaware of this fact, because I have never thought to make the stuff at home....like I said, it's kind of a treat and if you start making it at home, it's easy to eat a bucket of it! But let's just say I know someone who has an aunt who is a caterer and could get my hands on 15 lbs of this lovely stuff for me....you really can't pass an opportunity up for that, now can you?
Thanks to Curt's aunt for the cheese hook up! She did say that some Sam's Clubs sell this cheese too, but I didn't see it at the Ames one...let me know if you find it anywhere! This is the block of goodness pre-prepared:
For the party, we used a 5 lb block (I have 10 more lbs in the freezer, yippeeeeee) and diced it up so it would melt easier. The ratio is 1 lb of cheese to 1 cup of half and half so we had to use 5 cups of half and half. We added about 5 jalapenos that were diced up, but in hindsight, I would've done 10...it wasn't hot at all. I didn't want to make it smoking hot since we were serving a crowd, but you couldn't even taste the heat so I would double it for sure next time.
Throw the crockpot on high for about an hour and stir every so often so it melts evenly and you will have a dip that would put a lot of mexican restaurants to shame!!