Blue Cheese Queso

Blue cheese queso with root-vegetable and apple chips.

Emily Suzanne Photography

Choose whatever blue cheese you like for this one; Maytag will give you a robust blue cheese flavor, while St. Agur or gorgonzola will result in a lighter flavor. This dip isn’t just for chips: Set it near your vegetable tray as a second dip option.

Serves | 8 to 10 |

  • 2½ cups 2 percent milk
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 6 oz Maytag blue cheese
  • 3 oz Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ tsp chile flakes
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 to 3 lbs mix of chips: potato, sweet potato, beet, parsnip, carrot, apple and pear chips

Preparation | In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, warm milk, stirring occasionally. At the same time, heat butter in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until melted; add flour and whisk continuously, cooking until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Stream in hot milk as you whisk and continue to cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a bubble and thickens slightly. Add both cheeses; whisk continuously until mixture is smooth and cheese is melted. Add chile flakes and season to taste with salt and pepper.

To Serve | Transfer cheese to small slow cooker set on warm. Serve alongside chip mix. 

Shannon Weber is the creator, author and photographer behind the award-winning blogaperiodictableblog.com, and her work has appeared on websites such as Bon Appétit, Serious Eats and America’s Test Kitchen.