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Friday, April 13, 2018

BEER BACON AND CHEESE DIP

                                                                







Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes 

This Beer Bacon and Cheese Dip Recipe is a rich and creamy appetizer that's perfect with pretzels and is guaranteed to be the talk of your next party!

Serves: about 3-1/2 cups

INGREDIENTS
6 to 8 ounces/170g-225g thick-cut bacon, diced (I just cut whatever package I brought down the middle and use half)
1 garlic clove, minced
2-1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon dry ground mustard
8 ounces/225ml beer (I used Fat Tire, but any medium bodied ale or pilsner would be good)
8 ounces/225g cream cheese
2 cups/80g shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups/100g shredded Colby-jack cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon Frank's hot sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
Soft or hard pretzels, for dipping

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Heat a large saucepot over medium-high heat.

2. Add the bacon and cook until crispy, stirring often about 5 to 7 minutes.

3. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

4. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease.

5. To the hot grease, add the garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until fragrant.

6. In a small bowl stir together the flour and dry ground mustard. Add the flour to the pot and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute.

7. Pour in the beer and stir. Cook for 2 minutes.

8. Add the cream cheese and cook until melted, stirring often to help break down the cheese. The beer will thicken up when you add the cheese, that's a good thing. You'll want to use your spoon to smash the cream cheese and little and get it incorporated into the sauce.

9. Add the cheddar and Colby-jack cheeses. Stir to combine until the cheeses have melted and the sauce is thick and smooth about 5-8 minutes.

10. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the hot sauce and stir to combine.

11. Add almost all of the bacon into the dip, saving a little for garnish. Stir to incorporate the bacon.

12. Transfer to a serving bowl (or a crock pot set on warm), sprinkle the reserved bacon on top. Serve immediately with soft or hard pretzels.

NOTES
This dip is best warm and it will start to set up once you put it in a bowl. I highly recommend keeping it a crock pot set on warm if you serving it at a party.

I made some homemade pretzel bites to along with this dip, but store bought (hard) pretzels go great too!

(http://www.kleinworthco.com/2015/01/soft-pretzel-bites.html/2 ) 

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