Well, the recipe title gives it right away—Butternut Queso Fundido! Yes, that most beloved winter squash is the key to our creamy, faintly sweet, ultra-cheesy party dip. We've used butternut before in cheesy dishes: Our Vegetable Lasagna with Butternut Béchamel uses the squash between layers of pasta, mushrooms, and greens, while our One-Pan Bacon-Broccoli Mac 'n' Cheese and Creamy, Light Macaroni and Cheese look to the veggie to enhance the cheesy feel and look of the dish—the lovely orange color makes the dishes look cheesier, so you perceive them as cheesier. It's a delicious trick.

Our latest butternut miracle is ideal for a party, where everyone can gather around to dunk chips and veggies into the bubbly hot pot. The mild taste of the squash doesn't fight with the other flavors in the dish, and its creamy pureed texture adds to the overall perception of mmmm, cheesy. Your friends will be amazed at your vegetable wizardry, and you'll be happy that it was all so easy to make. Check out the video below to see just how simple it is.

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