When one gets invited to a holiday party, one of the first things it is courteous to ask is: “What should I bring?”
Sometimes a bottle of wine will suffice, other times you may find yourself in a potluck situation. If you’re assigned the appetizer portion of the meal, and you’re not a Pinterest wizard, then chips and dip may be the direction you go. But while all your friends are crafting their oldest family recipes, you don’t want to be the one looking like you just went to the supermarket on the way to the party.
This is where the beer cheese dip comes in. The moment you say “it’s made with beer”, everyone will flock to your appetizer. Plus, the booze is boiled out so you don’t have to worry about keeping it away from the kids. Try on this recipe from Williams-Sonoma on for size.
Warm Beer and Cheddar Dip
Made with beer and lots of cheddar cheese, this warm, hearty dip is just the thing for game days. Be sure to add the cheese slowly, allowing each batch to melt before adding more, to ensure smooth results.
- 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3/4 cup ale or darker beer
- 1 tsp. dry mustard, such as Colman’s
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- Hot sauce, to taste
- 12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Toast points, crostini and crudités for serving
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk and beer, increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a simmer. Add the mustard, Worcestershire and hot sauce and cook, whisking occasionally, until the mixture begins to thicken, 3 to 5 minutes.
Working in batches, add the cheese in large handfuls, whisking until each batch has completely melted before adding more. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with toast points, crostini and crudités for dipping. Makes about 2 cups.
Add this recipe to your repertoire and you’re sure to be invited back again and again (if only for your beer cheese dip). If you are not quite sure which beer would taste best in your cheese dip, consider asking one of the experts at Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, MA for help. We have an extensive beer department and a knowledgeable staff.