Pretty Thai® Queso
21.5 oz. 2% milk
½ lb smoked Gouda cheese, casing removed and shredded*
1/2 yellow onion, medium diced
4 oz cherry tomatoes, sliced thin or in quarters
½ bunch green onion, finely cut
Handful of Thai basil (regular is fine if you can’t find Thai), chopped
2 tbsp cornstarch or 3 tbsp of rice flour
1 tbsp of Pretty Thai® Seasoning Salt
1/8 tsp Pretty Thai® Thai Chili Powder
1 tbsp oil
1). In a 2 qt. sauce pot, add oil on med/high heat, brown onions, reduce heat to low and caramelize until soft.
2). In same sauce pot, add 16 oz. of milk and bring to a small simmer on med/high heat. Once outside of milk beings to simmer, add in cheese and whisk until the cheese is almost all dissolved.
3). In a separate bowl, make a cornstarch or rice flour slurry by whisking cornstarch/rice flour with remaining 5.5 oz. of milk, fully incorporating and avoiding clumping. Add the slurry to the milk/cheese and bring to a high simmer, stirring constantly until all cheese is melted. Reduce heat to low.
*note: if using rice flour the milk mixture will not have to be brought to a boil in order to thicken the sauce.
4). Add tomatoes, green onion, basil, and Pretty Thai® Seasoning Salt, stir and taste. Adjust seasoning as needed by adding more seasoning salt. Additional tomatoes, green onion and basil can be added as desired. Add Pretty Thai® Thai Chili Powder if desired and Enjoy!
* This can be done in your food processor with the shredding attachment.