Let's start at the beginning. Whether you are a fan of it or not, it is football season and during football season the fans are doing two things - either going to games and tailgating in the parking lot, or having their friends over to watch the game at home and serving food there. Wholly Guacamole opted to call that HOMEGATING and a new thing was born. HOMEGATING is all about making cool recipes for your friends to eat at your house while you watch the game and avoiding the craziness at the stadium.
They even created a separate website solely for this HOMEGATING phenomenon. You can find party planning tips, recipes, how-to videos, football info AND a coupon! You totally should go visit the site: homegatinghq.com You'd be surprised at what you could learn. (Like it was 1943 was the last year that a football game ended with a 0-0 score...who knew?!)
But let's get to the recipe portion of this post, since I'm sure that's why you're here. Right? I opted to make the Nacho Cheese Sauce because it is so versatile. Now you have 3 ways to get this recipe.
First, you can go to their website: Nacho Cheese Sauce
Or if you're more of a visual learner, they made a how-to video for this recipe, that you can find on YouTube. (I really should try that sometime!)
The third way is to read the recipe below.
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. all purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 ½ cups shredded monterey jack cheese
2 tsp. chile powder
1 tsp. chipotle chili powder
½ tsp. cayenne
1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until no lumps remain and the mixture is a golden brown color.
2. While whisking slowly pour in some of the milk. Once the milk has been absorbed fully, add the rest of the milk and continue to whisk until the mixture thickens.
3. Reduce to low heat and stir in the shredded cheeses and spices. Whisk until there are no lumps of cheese. Remove from the heat.
Now there are quite a few things you could do with Nacho Cheese Sauce.
Obviously, the first option would be to use it for nachos (and I'll share that recipe with you tomorrow) but you could also:
1. Pour it over 2 cups cooked pasta then bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven for a nacho-flavored mac and cheese.
2. Dip soft or hard pretzels in it.
3. Use as a cheese sauce for tacos or enchiladas.
4. Pour over cooked lasagna noodles in a 9x13 pan. Top with browned ground beef, diced tomatoes and jalapenos, and repeat layers for a Mexican lasagna.
5. Ladle onto a tortilla and top with shredded chicken, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and guacamole for an open-faced quesadilla.
6. Pour over any steamed broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, etc.
7. As a topping for a baked potato.
8. Combine with 2 cups boiled potatoes, ¾ cup chicken/beef/vegetable stock, and heat, stirring until combined. Top with a dollop of sour cream and guacamole and cooked crumbled bacon for a loaded baked potato soup.
9. Pour over a burger and top with salsa and guacamole. (No seriously, you need to do this one)
10. Drink it.
Okay maybe I'm kidding about the last one but it really all depends on how strongly you love cheese sauce. If you wanna slurp it down by the ladle-full, I'm not going to judge you. And I think if you balanced it out with some guacamole and chips, the nice people at Wholly Guacamole wouldn't judge you either.
So check back tomorrow for my nachos recipe using the Nacho Cheese Sauce and also a chance to enter another giveaway!
Disclaimer: HOMEGATING is a registered trademark of Wholly Guacamole. I did not receive financial compensation for this post, however I was provided with guacamole samples. The Nacho Cheese Recipe is not my own, nor is the above image or Youtube video, it was created by Wholly Guacamole and with their consent, posted on this blog. The ideas presented for the nacho cheese sauce are my own. Written consent from both parties agreed for this post to be shared on either party's social media sites.