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I tend to overdo things when I bring dishes for parties (see layered jello shots), so this time I tried to come up with something that was classic football party far. And I overdid it, but in the best of ways!
Now let me back up just a bit here – I was once upon a time a big football fan. My playoff bracket won the office pool, I was such a big fan. But my team kept letting me down (SERIOUSLY, 4 years in a row of making the playoffs and they can’t close the deal!?) AND I got a little preoccupied with having a baby, and football just kinda went to the wayside. However, I never stopped enjoying the big game, especially with friends and great food.
Naturally, when we gather for the game, there’s lots of beer, and I wanted to offset that with… well, more beer. But also with bread and cheese, and a hot kick of robust chipotle.
ENTER CHIPOTLE QUESO FUNDIDO IN A RING OF BEER BREAD. What’s great about this is that the alcohol gets cooked off, so you get all the flavor without having to worry about whether or not you’ll be okay to drive afterward.
What really makes this recipe for me is La Morena’s Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce – they give it a delicious smokiness and simultaneous kick, which is especially great if you’re grilling or barbecuing, too. I especially love the authentic flavors they offer, which is perfect for traditional recipes (or maintaining a touch of authenticity while creating your own take on the traditional).
A quick note: the first time I made this, I actually made the mistake of using a whole can of chipotles and it was a little too spicy. I’d give it a 7 out of 10, 10 being inedible, 5 being buffalo wings, 3 being Cholula, 1 being ketchup. However, if this were a Thai restaurant, they’d probably call this a 4 out of 10 because the Thai restaurant spicy scale caps out at hospitalization.
What are you serving on Game Day?