Grilling your summer corn is a really good idea. Know why? Because when it’s hot and muggy outside any excuse to not boil water and to leave the stove turned off is a good thing.
And also because grilled corn tastes so good! The smoky flavor and rugged char marks on the kernels make grilled corn a welcome addition in salsas, relishes and salads, not to mention how delicious it is to eat right off the cob.
I knew that the grilled veggies would be a perfect component in a spicy queso dip.
(We have been all about the dips and salsas this summer, along with many bags of tortilla chips.) This particular queso dip also gets some smoke (and heat) from grilled jalapeño.
The cheese base is made from a simple roux and a blend of Monterey Jack and Cheddar.
They melt into a smooth and creamy dip that wraps around the chunks of grilled corn and diced, grilled jalapeño.
This will be a lively party appetizer for sure, and folks will think you’re brilliant when you spoon a little onto your burger or over your grilled sausage.
Here is the recipe for this queso dip, and some other fresh summer appetizers too!
Grilled Corn & Jalapeño Queso Dip
- 4 ears sweet corn, husks and silk removed
- 1 large jalapeño
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, or an olive oil cooking spray
- 1/4 cup butter, unsalted
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups 2% milk
- 8 ounces Montery Jack cheese, shredded
- 8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Turn on a gas grill with the heat set at medium. To get the corn and jalapeño ready, brush them on all sides with the olive oil (or spray them if you're using an olive oil spray.) Use tongs to place the ears of corn and the pepper directly on the grill grates. Turn the corn and the pepper every few minutes to help them cook and char on all sides: the jalapeño will be done in 10 minutes or less, and the corn will be cooked through in about 15-20 minutes. Remove the corn and pepper from the heat and let them cool enough to handle.
While the corn and pepper cool, make the cheese sauce:
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once it is melted and bubbling, stir in the flour. Stir the roux constantly for about 1 minute until it is thick and all of the flour is absorbed. Pour in the milk and stir to combine it with the roux. Increase the heat just a little and heat the milk, stirring it often to be sure it isn't coating the bottom, until it comes to a steady simmer. It should be thickening as well - remove the pan from the heat at this point.
- To the heated milk, add all of the shredded Monterey Jack and shredded Cheddar. Stir the cheeses into the milk until they have completely melted into a smooth cheese sauce - or queso! Once the queso is smooth, stir in the sour cream, salt, and cayenne pepper. Hold the pan aside.
- Slice open the grilled jalapeño and scoop out the seeds. Dice the pepper and add it to the queso.
- Hold an ear of the grilled corn up on the flat end on a cutting board and use a sharp knife to slice off the kernels, slicing from the tip down to the bottom. Slice down all sides of the cob until all of the corn is removed. Repeat these steps with the other cobs. Add the kernels to the queso and stir to evenly distribute the corn and jalapeño. Transfer the queso to a bowl and serve it while it's warm with tortilla chips or fresh veggies. Makes about 4 cups of queso.
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