It’s the time of year when work parties, holiday gatherings, outings with friends, potlucks and other festivities abound.
I seem to be stuck in the rut of always bringing the same few dishes to these events, so this year I tried to shake up my tried-and-true routine while still giving people their favorites.
This sausage queso fundido fit the bill perfectly. Who doesn’t love a bowl of warm cheese and some chips? This recipe is just a slight variation of an old favorite. The flavor is heightened with a dash of beer or tequila, but you can omit that if you don’t want to use it (don’t forget the alcohol will burn off).
Traditionally a fundido is made and served in a cast iron skillet, but you can always keep it warm in your slow cooker too.
Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage is on sale at Brookshire’s this week and I’d be willing to bet you have a party coming up sometime in the next week or two!
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Sausage Queso Fundido
1/2 lb Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage
1 small onion, diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 tomato, seeded and diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 cup tequila or Mexican beer (optional)
1/2 lb Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
2 Tbs cilantro, chopped
Cook the sausage in a pan over medium heat, breaking it apart as you go, about 5-7 minutes. Drain. Add the onion, jalapeno and tomato and cook until the onions are tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Add the tequila, deglaze the pan and cook until most of the moisture is gone, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle on the cheese and cook, stirring, until it melts, about 2-3 minutes.
Nutritional Information: Calories: 449, Calories from Fat: 300, Total Fat: 33 g, Cholesterol: 98 mg, Sodium: 730 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 3 g, Dietary Fiber: 1 g, Sugars: 1 g, Protein: 25 g.