If you are cooking from your pantry as much as you can, I have a recipe that will thrill the kids as well as the kid in you. Velveeta is a kid-friendly food that although we often eat less of as adults, we fondly remember for its tangy taste and creamy texture. Now, you can recreate that same thing at home with a few simple ingredients!
- ¼ oz packet unflavored gelatin
- 6 TBSP dry milk powder
- 1 cup boiling water
- 16 oz shredded Cheddar cheese
I chose the recipe from America’s Test Kitchen (the diamond standard in cooking, IMO) but didn’t stop there (sorry ATK). I just didn’t have some of the ingredients and was too excited to wait. Here is my recipe:
Line a pan with plastic wrap, leaving enough to hang over so you can wrap that part over the top when finished. I used a square Tupperware style container
In a small dish, mix warm water and gelatin. Let stand for 5 minutes to soften.
Mix shredded cheese, milk powder and salt in a food processor. Pulse to mix thoroughly.
Heat milk for 30 seconds in microwave.
Turn on processor and pour hot milk over cheese
Then add melted gelatin
Continue to process for 2 more minutes, or until the mixture is smooth. Scrape sides if needed, but I didn’t find this necessary.
Scrape melted, smooth mixture into your prepared container (move quickly so it doesn’t cool and thicken too much)
Gently smooth top of the cheese with a spatula and tap container a few times to help settle the melted cheese into the shape of the pan
Wrap excess plastic wrap up and over the top and smooth it out to make the top level.
Cool and slice or cube as desired. I chilled mine for an hour and the kids ate all of it immediately.
The Verdict: It’s better than Velveeta! Smooth and creamy with all the tang and saltiness that you remember.