I tried to make homemade queso blanco like they serve at almost every Mexican restaurant, including my fave, Plaza Azteca.
I fashioned a double-boiler and assembled my ingredients.
I found a Mexican-mix shredded white cheese at the supermarket similar to that described in the recipe; I used a cup of that, plus a can of green chiles, 1/4 cup of heavy cream, diced onions and cumin.
And I ended up with this. Which was good, but NOT the deliciously decadent cheese dip they sell at Plaza.
I checked around the internets and found most recipes were similar to this one, which tells me two things:
- Plaza's cheese dip is not "queso blanco" in the traditional sense.
- I need a different type of cheese.
So the search continues for the perfect cheese. I know you can buy this dip pre-made, but I'd love to be able to come at least close to replicating it. In the meantime, the dip I made was still delicious and quickly devoured by our guests, so you should give it a whirl.
EDIT: I should note that I have tried the store-bought kind and it's perfect. I just wanted to see if I could do it.