It’s not dessert, but oh you guys, do I have a good one for you!
Yesterday, I hit the jackpot big. No, I wasn’t at the casino. I’ve actually never gambled at a casino or bought a lottery ticket, for the record. I hit a different jackpot — the Super Bowl delicious recipe jackpot! 😉
With the big game this weekend, I’ve been doing a little recipe brainstorming, trying to think of a simple, delicious, and (semi) nutritious game-time snack. Because I don’t know about you, but the Super Bowl is all about food, fun commercials and half time shows. Those guys just run up and down the field in-between to kill time while we prep more food. 🙂
Anyway, these days, when I’m making something that I want to meet those (simple, delicious, nutritious) criteria, Chobani Greek yogurt usually ends up in the recipe. It’s low in fat and packed with protein, yet its thick, creamy texture allows it to hold up in quite a few dishes that are traditionally unhealthy.
Since it’s Syracuse basketball season, my mind instantly turns to nachos when I think of game-time snacks. Walk into the Carrier Dome on any given (game) day and I’m pretty sure you’ll see upwards of 30,000 fans dipping tortilla chips in nacho cheese sauce. But it’s *that* nacho cheese… the processed, I-have-no-idea-what’s-in-this-and-please-don’t-tell-me, nacho cheese.
Chobani, to the rescue! No, really…
I had a good feeling I might be able to make some sort of nacho cheese dip/sauce using Greek yogurt, but I had no idea just how good it would be. I was worried it would taste a little, well, yogurty. Oh no no, the cheese shines here, and the yogurt sneakily assists! Assists win games, you guys!
…plus, it’s more fun to tell people you’ve made naCHO’s. 😉
Parmesan cheese and assorted spices definitely give this cheesy dip an extra little kick. My family tends to be a bit more on the mild side of the spice/heat scale, so the recipe as I’ve written it will lend you a fairly mild dip. Oh, I also used a full-fat cheddar cheese. But this is a fairly forgiving recipe, so you can play around with spices, cheese types, add-ins, etc., to get it to your liking.
Happy Super Bowl snacking! 🙂
[print_this]NaCHO Cheese Dip
Thick and creamy nacho cheese dip made with Greek yogurt. Add extra spices or diced tomatoes to make it your own!
Makes 2 cups
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 12 ounces plain Greek yogurt (you know I love my CHO)
- 8 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded or cubed
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- Dash of cayenne
- Salt & pepper, to taste
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Stir in the flour, using a wire whisk to stir until smooth. Add the yogurt; stir until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients; stir constantly until cheese is completely melted and smooth.
Serve warm with tortilla chips and/or fresh vegetables. (you can keep it on the stove on very low heat, or put it in a crock pot on warm, until serving).
Nutrition stats per 2 tablespoons: 90 calories, 6g fat (4g sat), 130 mg sodium, 1g sugar, 6g protein[/print_this]