I just found my new favorite appetizer. Or snack. Or entree. Or comfort food.
I'm not exaggerating and my enthusiasm is really a tribute to the marvelous flavor and texture of this dish. I suppose I might be SLIGHTLY prejudiced due to all the melty cheese just begging for a hunk of dipping bread. Because you know I can't resist cheese or bread and when together I fairly swoon...
But despite any prejudice on my part, it in no way diminishes how delicious, comforting and soul-warming this dish is. I used to think hot spinach and artichoke dip served with a side of warm dipping bread was the true pinnacle of melted cheese conveyance - I was wrong. Spinach and artichoke dip ain't got nothing on Roasted Green Chiles with Buttermilk and Cheese. I know - the name is a real mouthful, but for something this satisfying, it's totally forgivable.
Unlike the Tomatillo Salsa Verde I shared from the Muy Bueno Cookbook on Tuesday, this recipe packs in some spicy heat. On a scale of 1 to 10 (where 10 will have you clutching your burning throat and gasping in fiery agony), this recipe is about a 6.5 for me. It's spicy, but thanks to the roasting of the chiles, all that glorious cheese, and plenty of buttermilk, the heat feels more like an intense warmth that slowly builds as I dip and dip and dip and dip. And dip again.
And like so many pure comfort foods, this dish is a true labor of love - and it helps if you remember the love while you're roasting, peeling and seeding the chiles. (Actually, the original recipe uses peeled roasted chiles, not seeded, but I chose to seed mine in fear of overwhelming spice.) Remember how happy your loved ones will be when you serve up a hot bowl of this amazing dip. And how cooking is really all about love, not speed. And how all the painstaking effort of removing stubborn, sticky seeds from 13 roasted Anaheim chiles is really saying "I love you."
Because really, it is worth every stubborn, sticky little seed.
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How to Make: Roasted Green Chiles with Buttermilk and Cheese
|If you want a little extra spice, add 2 jalapeño peppers.|
|Your chiles should be evenly charred and wrinkly on all sides when finished roasting.|
|Transfer the chiles to a container or plastic bag (I don't like plastic to touch hot food, so I used|
a separate dish for this).
|Once the skins, stems and seeds are removed, thinly slice the Anaheim chiles into strips as shown|
|You will end up with a pile of strips|
|Next dice the skinned and seeded roasted jalapeño peppers (if using)|
|So I also used a cup of grated munster cheese in addition to a cup of the 4 cheese mix.|
|You will also need half a yellow onion|
|And 1 ripe tomato|
|You will need 3 cloves of garlic - I used my garlic press for these.|
|And finally comes the buttermilk. The original recipe recommended using suero, but I was|
again sadly unable to procure it locally. The buttermilk is what gives this dish it's delicious
tang. Although you don't really taste the buttermilk exactly.
|You're ready to make this amazing dish - ready? It happens fast.|
Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan.
|Add the onion to the hot oil and saute over medium heat for 2 minutes until translucent|
|Add the minced garlic and saute 1 minute until fragrant.|
|Stir through the diced tomato|
|Then add 1 Tablespoon flour and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring continuously|
|Add the chiles and jalapeño|
|Stir through the chiles to combine all the flavors evenly and continue to stir over medium heat|
for 2 minutes. About this time, I recommend adding about 1 to 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt.
|Increase the heat to medium high and stir in the buttermilk|
|Bring the chiles and buttermilk to a boil, then remove from heat.|
|Add the grated cheese and stir to combine.|
|Cover the pan and let rest for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.|
|Serve immediately. I highly recommend serving baguette bread for dipping. It's simply sinful|
how delicious the bread with the cheese and chiles really is. And so dang addictive!
|I refused to even sample the dip until I had taken all my photos. Because I knew once I started|
eating, I'd have trouble stopping. Yes. Crazy good.