Are you ready to elevate your snack game? Look no further than the delightful world of beer cheese dip! This savory dip is a crowd-pleaser that brings together the rich flavors of beer and the creamy goodness of cheese. Let’s dive into what makes this dip so irresistible.
What is beer cheese dip?
Beer cheese dip is one of our favorite game-day dips. It is a mouthwatering, rich, and flavorful blend of melted cheese and beer. It is perfect for dipping all your favorite snacks, like crispy tortilla chips or chewy soft pretzels. It’s a staple at gatherings, game nights, or whenever you crave a comforting treat.
What kind of beer should I use?
We recommend lighter beers for beer cheese dip. While the recipe calls for a lager beer, you could also try a pilsner, wheat beer, or pale ale. We recommend saving dark beers like IPAs or stouts for drinking instead!
Protip: Make it without alcohol!
Looking to avoid alcohol altogether? Replace the beer with sparkling apple cider instead!
What ingredients are in this dip?
To make this dip, you’ll need:
- Unsalted butter
- All-purpose flour
- Whole milk
- Dijon mustard
- Worcestershire sauce
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Smoked paprika
- Shredded cheddar cheese
Protip: Swap smart!
Make this dip your own by switching up the cheeses. Try replacing some of the cheddar with pepper jack, gruyere, or gouda cheese. We do recommend using at least 50% cheddar cheese to ensure that the dip keeps the right consistency.
How do you make it?
- Create a roux: Melt butter over medium heat, and then whisk in the flour for one minute.
- Add the milk, beer, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika. Simmer for 2-3 minutes to let the dip thicken.
- Stir in the cheese until melted and smooth. Serve!
Why is my beer cheese dip grainy?
If your cheese dip turns out grainy, it’s likely due to the temperature being too high during the melting process. Keep the heat low and let the cheese melt slowly. Constant stirring and gradual melting are key to achieving that velvety smooth texture.
What should I serve with beer cheese dip?
The possibilities are endless! Pretzels, tortilla chips, sliced baguettes, or even crisp veggies like celery, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower make excellent companions to this flavorful dip. Get creative with your pairings and let your taste buds guide you.
Can you make beer cheese dip ahead of time?
Beer cheese dip can be prepared in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. Gently reheat the dip on the stovetop, stirring often, to make it creamy and dippable again.