I know, I know, my feature picture is cheese and that begins with a C and we are on N this week and my title recipe is a Nacho Cheese Fountain but one of those takes a LOT of cheese to fill and get flowing (trust me, we’ve done it) so I thought I’d get you in the mood.
Our family loves nacho cheese dip. It’s a bit like those Frank’s Red Hot Sauce commercials where the white-haired lady says, “I put that *?#@% on everything!” I love making a batch of Rotel Queso Dip and serving it with crudités (cut up veggies) for a yummy gluten-free snack. (Celery is terrific, like those little dip crackers you can buy, they have a natural space to hold a bunch of dip.)
So we all know the Rotel recipe, it’s on the back of the can or on the box of Velveeta. Easy peasy unless you live outside the U.S. and cannot purchase Rotel. Then you have to include it in your shopping list for bringing home. Of course, if you are using your dip in a fountain you will NOT want to use Rotel since the bits will get stuck in the machine.
Now you may wonder why anyone would even think of building a nacho cheese fountain let alone want to use one but after watching the movie Talladega Nights and hearing about the nacho cheese fountain that was featured at a wedding, our girls were eager to try out one of their own.
After searching the internet and finding various DIY models (too large) I suggested they see if they could simply use their chocolate fountain filled with cheese sauce instead. Voila! There were several mentions on the internet of this hack so when they were planning the food for a tailgate party, they included their version of a nacho cheese fountain.
Sadly, this is the only photo I could find of the actual fountain flowing with cheese since the rest of the time it was surrounded by hungry tortilla chip wielding party goers and couldn’t be seen for the crowd.
Trust me when I say it was a definite hit (even if people were shocked to see it in the first place. It did take some time to test different thicknesses of nacho cheese sauce but the girls managed to find just the right mix.
Again, the whole cheese fountain thing is simpler if you can find premade sauce products (like the Señor Carlos cheese sauce featured in this Buzzfeed article Five Delicious Ways to Hack a Chocolate Fountain) but you can basically take your favorite nacho cheese sauce recipe (minus any bits of tomato/peppers/etc) and add milk or water to thin it down until you are happy with it.
You can find several recipes on the internet but several do use flour for thickening. We prefer to start with Velveeta and add some flavorful shredded cheese for variety. Then you can mix in some taco sauce (not salsa because you don’t want the chunks), either store-bought or homemade. Depending on taste, you can add some additional paprika, chili powder, onion powder, cayenne, and/or garlic powder as well. It really depends on what you like.
So there you have it. Not a recipe per se this week but an inspiration for your next tail-gate or Superbowl party.
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- Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
- Kirsten @ DoodleMom
- Jennifer @ A Peace of Mind
- Kimberley @ Vintage Blue Suitcase
- Desiree @ Our Homeschool Notebook
- Markie @ My Life as Mrs. Cooks
- Hilary @ Walking Fruitfully
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