We had a craving for some beer cheese today. Not being a huge beer fan it’s tricky sometimes to find the right combination; Charles on the other hand enjoys beer so I left that choice to him. I figure the dip can only be as good as the beer and cheese you put in. Anyway Charles found a great combination today.
Guinness and Gruyère Beer Cheese
- 8 o.z. cream cheese
- 2 cloves finely minced garlic (we used our zester; a garlic press should work too)
- 6 o.z. Gruyère
- 8 o.z. extra sharp Cheddar
- 1 cup Guinness Extra Stout
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
We started with the Guinness and cream cheese in our pot heating over medium low heat; next add the seasonings and begin adding cheeses a little at a time melting completely before adding more cheese; stirring constantly. You could do this in a crock pot or a double boiler to be on the safer side ~ just be sure to stir constantly if using direct heat and work with a low heat setting.
Pumpernickel bread was fantastic contrast with this dip. Choose your favorite bread and enjoy ~ Kimberly