RO*TEL and VELVEETA :: A Winning Combination :: Margarita Shrimp Queso

It wasn’t until I became an adult that football became a staple in my life. It wasn’t necessarily by choice – I married a die-hard football fan. Throughout the rest of the year, Ben is willing to relinquish control of the remote to me and let me flip to my favorite show. He’s so patient, and I’m pretty sure I’ve even managed to get him hooked on “New Girl.” But as soon as fall hits and football begins? All bets are off and it’s a fight for the remote, one that inevitably results in our TV being locked onto every football game on…all weekend long.IMG_5226When Ben is busy studying for school, I get the reprieve and throw a disc of Downton Abbey or Harry Potter into the Blu-ray understanding that as soon as he needs a “study break” – i.e. checking the scores and freaking out over his fantasy football picks – football will be back on. But this shouldn’t surprise me – I’ve grown up football. Even though I’ve never really understood the game, I understood that football meant food and friends.IMG_5219Growing up in a large football-loving family there was always a houseful of teenagers, relatives, uncles, brothers dipping their chips and popping the tops of their soda cans, and the sisters and moms and grandmothers laughing in the kitchen and fixing up the game day treats. Game day always meant a great spread – from the bacon wrapped jalapenos, to the bread pudding, the roast beef sandwiches with drippings and, of course, the staple of every game – chips and dip to tie it together. Sometimes you just count on those classics, like that favorite spot on the couch – you just can’t watch the game from anywhere else, the same goes for the chips and the dip.

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But not just any dip, VELVEETA and RO*TEL to be precise. Two ingredients synonymous with game day, you just can’t imagine game day without them. Spicy, creamy and convenient, you can be fist-pumping for your favorite team with one first and dipping your chips with the other. Football might not make a whole lot of sense to me, but I know that game day is always a good time, with good friends, family and as always – amazing food. This is how we celebrate our game day, with traditional VELVEETA and RO*TEL, otherwise known as Queso. Cook it up for a crowd and jazz it up (add in margarita-marinated shrimp like I did) and have a game day fiesta! No matter how to slice it, VELVEETA and RO*TEL make game day festive.

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Yield: 2 cups

Margarita Shrimp Queso

Ingredients:

16 ounces Velveeta, cubed

1 can Ro*tel with Lime

1/2 pound Shrimp, deveined, peeled and chopped

1 cup Margarita Mix

Salt and Pepper to Taste


Directions:

In a bowl, combine chopped shrimp and margarita mix. Top with salt and pepper to taste. Let marinade for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Preheat skillet over medium-high heat. Drain away excess margarita marinade and add shrimp to the skillet, cooking until opaque. Drain.


In a large microwave safe bowl, combine Velveeta and Ro*tel. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir, and continue to microwave until melted through. Add in margarita shrimp and stir. Serve immediately.


Disclaimer: I have been selected by ConAgra Foods and Kraft Foods and to be a spokesperson for the RO*TEL and VELVEETA Queso for All campaign. While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own.