This afternoon I am watching a football game with my dear friend Sara. She went to the University of Arkansas and today they are playing Alabama. I did not know this until the day before yesterday when Sara informed me that it would be physically impossible for her to miss the game.
Originally, we thought we would go to a sports bar and watch the game. It turns out that the University of North Carolina was playing at the same time. In Chapel Hill, if UNC is playing, no other football game exists. Therefore, we are sitting in my living room watching the game.
As soon as we found out we were staying home to watch the game, I started to think about football food. A quick internet search confirmed something I had already suspected, I am missing out on an entire culinary tradition by not watching football. A delicious tradition.
I love dip. I love cheese. We made cheesy dip.
Photo by Sara (not me)
Chorizo Queso Dip
2 tablespoons diced onion
1/4 pound chorizo
1 jalapeno pepper, diced (and seeded, optional)
2 tablespoons flour
about 1/2 cup beer (just pick something delicious)
1/4 pound muenster cheese, grated
1/4 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 big handful chopped cilantro
1. Brown onions with chorizo in a frying pan. When the chorizo is mostly cooked add the jalapeno. After the chorizo starts to brown add the flour and stir it in well.
2. Stir in the beer. Let it make friends with the delicious pan.
3. Add the cheese a little bit at a time, stirring constantly.
4. After the cheese is incorporated, stir in the cilantro. It will be super thick.
5. Now, transfer this into a small oven safe casserole dish. I think the one we used was an 8x8 inch. But this under the broiler on high until the cheese gets bubbly and a little brown.
6. Now eat this with chips, bread, or a spoon. Must be consumed with beer.
It took us about 10 minutes for three people to finish this. I might double the recipe for larger groups.
If this is what football tastes like, I like football.