Bacon with Carmelized Onion and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Queso Fundido
Serves 6 as a light appetizer
Here’s a new take on the classic Queso Fundido recipe that's fun to serve at your next football party. It combines bacon, carmelized onions, smoked sun-dried tomatoes, beer and cheese. Now that’s what I call a party in a bowl!
3 strips thick-sliced bacon
1 medium white onion, diced
Hot green chiles to taste (roughly 1 large jalapeño or 2 serranos), stemmed, seeded if you wish, finely diced
1/4 cup diced recipe ready sun-dried tomatoes (We prefer the California Sun Dry Smoked Tomatoes brand)
3 tablespoons beer, preferably a full-flavored beer like Mexico’s Bohemia
8 ounces Monterey jack cheese, shredded (you’ll have about 2 cups)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Warm corn or flour tortillas or tortilla chips
1. Prepare the flavorings. Heat the oil in an 8-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until browned and crisp. Remove the bacon and tip off most of the fat, leaving about 1 tablespoon in the pan. Once the bacon has cooled, crumble and set aside for the garnish. Raise the heat to medium-high and add the onions. Sauté for about 8 minutes, or until the onion is golden brown. Add the chiles and sun-dried tomatoes and cook for about 1 minute, or until the chile has softened. Pour in the beer and stir until the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is once again dry looking.
2. Finish the queso fundido. Reduce the heat to medium-low, sprinkle the cheese evenly over the vegetables and stir slowly and constantly until just melted—too long over the heat and the cheese will become tough, oily and stringy. Immediately scoop into a warm serving dish (a small fondue dish with a tea light below is ideal) and sprinkle on the crumbled bacon and chopped cilantro. Serve with warm tortillas or tortilla chips.