Cheddar and Ale Dip

This recipe is an almost exact replica of a delicious cheesy beer dip available at my local watering hole. I have ruined my dinner on this gluttonous appetizer more times than I can count. When it's in front of me, I have zero control over myself-it is beyond good. Notes: Use an amber lager such as Killian's Irish Red if possible; I've made this with other beers and it isn't nearly as fabulous. Seek out excellent quality pretzel bread for dunking, either from a bakery or your grocer's freezer. Keep the dip warm in a crockpot or over a sterno flame while serving, stirring regularly, to keep smooth.

Recipe courtesy Nealey Dozier
TOTAL TIME: 25 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 15 min
 
YIELD: 2 cups
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package processed cheese spread, cubed
  • 1 bunch chopped scallions, tops reserved
  • 3/4 cup good-quality beer, such as Killian's Irish Red
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 ounces extra-sharp white Cheddar, grated
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • Milk for thinning (optional)
  • Toasted pretzel bread, for serving
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Directions

Heat the processed cheese spread in a heavy saucepan over moderate heat until melted and smooth, stirring frequently to prevent scalding. Reduce heat to low to medium-low. Stir in the scallions, beer and mustard and let come to a gentle simmer.

Toss the grated Cheddar with the cornstarch. Slowly whisk in the Cheddar a handful at a time, whisking until each batch is combined before adding more.

Season with salt and pepper. Stir in milk, a little at time, to thin if necessary (I prefer mine quite thick). Keep warm in a crockpot or over a sterno, stirring occasionally, in order for dip to remain smooth. Serve immediately with toasted pretzel bread.
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