Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Make this: Beer Cheese Dip.

The other day I needed to make a dip that was able to be served cold, as I was dropping it off at a friend's house for a gathering later in the day for her family. I knew I wanted to do a cheese based dip and so I was browsing the Kraft website for cream cheese recipes. I decided to do this recipe for a beer cheese dip.

We followed it pretty much to the recipe but doubled it. I've got some recommendations that I'll add at the end as well.

You'll need:
2 packages cream cheese
1/2 cup ranch dressing
2 cups shredded cheese*
1/2 cup beer **
4 green onions, chopped ***

1) Beat the cream cheese and dressing in a medium bowl until blended
2) add in the remaining ingredients
3) refrigerate several hours until chilled

And a few notes:
*I really recommend getting a block of cheddar cheese and shredding that. It would make a huge difference in consistency.
**we used a golden ale for this recipe. I think you should really use something that has a bit of flavor to it but not overwhelming (for example, an IPA or a dark ale might sway it too much but a Bud Light wouldn't have any flavor)
***the recipe calls for the green end of the onions but I've found that the white bulb end gives off better flavor so we chopped that end instead

Also, we added cajun seasoning and a bit more beer at the end to give it more flavor. I would taste and go from there once you've mixed.

We served with frito's but Ritz crackers are recommended.

In loving dips,
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