Butternut Squash Cheese Dip

Looking for a new dip to get ready for football season!  Yes, I know it is only the beginning of August but I am ready for some Sunday football.  I got this recipe from Cooking Light Jan/ Feb 2016 issue.  Made it back then but forgot to post.  A great way to enjoy a cheesy dip without all the guilt.

I made no substitutions or deviations…I used fresh butternut squash that I roasted.  It was too good not to pass along so here it is:

Butternut Queso Fundido
If you prefer, you can roast a halved, seeded butternut squash at 350° for 45 minutes or until soft. Scoop 10 ounces of flesh, and use in place of the puree.

1 teaspoon canola oil
¾ cup diced red onion
1½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ cup unsalted chicken stock
1 (10-ounce) package frozen butternut squash puree, thawed
1 tablespoon minced chipotle chile in adobo sauce, plus 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
3 ounces shredded Oaxaca or part-skim mozzarella cheese (about ¾ cup), divided
3 ounces shredded reduced-fat 4-cheese Mexican-blend cheese (about ¾ cup), divided
⅓  cup very thinly sliced radishes
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
3 tablespoons sliced green onions
2 tablespoons thinly sliced jalapeño pepper
30 light tortilla chips
Celery sticks (optional)

1. Heat oil in a medium cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add red onion; cook 5 minutes or until softened. Add flour; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add stock, squash, chipotle, and adobo sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; add 2 ounces Oaxaca cheese and 2 ounces Mexican-blend cheese; cook 2 minutes or until smooth, stirring until cheese melts.

2. Preheat broiler to high.

3. Sprinkle remaining cheeses over top. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and lightly browned. Top with radishes, cilantro, green onions, and jalapeño. Serve with chips and celery sticks, if desired.

SERVES 10 (serving size: ¼ cup fundido and 3 chips)
CALORIES 119; FAT 4.3g (sat 2.2g, mono 0.3g, poly 0.2g); PROTEIN 6g; CARB 16g; FIBER 2g; SUGARS 1g (est. added sugars 0g); CHOL 8mg; IRON 0mg; SODIUM 207mg; CALC 133mg



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