It’s International Beer Day and nothing says “taste adventure” more than an imported cold brew enjoyed alongside a bowl of bold blue cheese queso and chips!
2½ cups whole milk
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
4-ounce container Simply Artisan Reserve Blue Cheese Crumbles
6 ounces Italian Blend shredded Cheese
1 tablespoon Instantly Fresh Italian Herb Blend
½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
½ cup thinly sliced green onions, both white bulbs and green tops
15-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes, drained well
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, warm milk (without boiling), stirring occasionally.
2. At the same time, heat butter in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until melted. Add flour to melted butter and whisk continuously, cooking until it is bubbling and has turned lightly golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes.
3. Stream in heated milk, whisking continuously, and continue to cook over medium heat until mixture bubbles and thickens slightly. Add cheeses and whisk well until melted smooth and incorporated. Add Italian Herb Blend, dried red pepper flakes, green onions and drained tomatoes, stirring until combined.
4. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour into serving bowl and garnish as desired.