I make no apologies for being from the midwest. It shaped who I am, ESPECIALLY in the kitchen. Beer cheese is just a fact of life in the midwest. However, I had never tried making my own until recently. But here's a little secret.... It's SO EASY.
There really is no better dip for game day, tailgating, or any cold weather get together than beer cheese. It is so addictingly flavorful and you just can't find anything else like it.
My recipe is really simple and it all comes together on the stove in a matter of minutes. Feel free to experiment with the type of beer you use, but I really do recommend a stout like Guinness. It has such a distinct flavor that adds a depth few other beers will achieve (in my opinion). You'll want to use something with a little body regardless (Coors Light has its time and place, it's just not here). Just remember, any flavor that's in the beer will be pronounced in the dip. So you might want to leave the pumpkin ales or fruity lagers for quenching your thirst and not for the dip.
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Ooey Gooey Beer Cheese Dip Makes ~ 3 cups of dip (that's a lot!) Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 10 minutes
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I recommend reading the recipe all the way through, including the recipe notes at the bottom, before you start cooking.
8 oz. block sharp cheddar cheese, grated
4 oz. block Monterey jack cheese, grated*
8 oz. block cream cheese
1 TB Dijon mustard
1 tsp. garlic powder
4 oz. Guinness beer (or beer of choice)*
1 TB chopped chives (fresh or dried)
3-4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp. black pepper (or to taste)
Pretzel bites, naan, flatbread, pita, or crostini for dipping
Add everything to a medium sauce pan and melt over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the cheese melts and everything is smooth and gooey. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.
Serve with pretzel bites, naan, flatbread, pita, crostini, or veggies.
*Recipe notes + Variations*
* You can use mozzarella instead if you want. NOT fresh mozzarella (ie: buffalo mozzarella).
** I think the flavor of the stout is delicious, but you can use whatever beer you have on hand. Just remember you’ll be able to taste it, so using something with a fruit or spice flavor is not recommended.
It’s really important to grate the cheese fresh yourself and not use pre-shredded. They add anti-caking agents (usually potato starch) which will affect the consistency of the dip.