Quick Beer & Cheese Dip, aka The Easiest Dip in the World
Hi, friends. I’m taking a little bit of a blogging break right now, you may have noticed. But I made this dip yesterday for the Super Bowl and it’s so genius, so easy, so CHEESY I thought it would be a crime not to share it with you.
Throughout the game last night, I got asked something like “Wow, what’s in this dip?!” several times – to which I enjoyed answering, “Beer and cheese. Just beer and cheese.” And it was often followed in response with, “Really? That’s it?”
Yup. Really. That’s it.
This is the easiest dip in the world to make, no joke. You toss some cheese and some beer in your food processor and puree until smooth. The end.
I mean, that doesn’t have to be the end. You can jazz it up with anything you want, from hot sauce to garlic to whatever spices float your boat. But it really is brilliant in it’s simplicity because even without the extras it tastes like beer and cheese, which is exactly what everyone wants to eat at a Super Bowl party.
It’s literally the best thing I’ve ever eaten with pretzels.
Quick Beer & Cheese Dip
Adapted from Gourmet
Makes about 1 1/2 cups
I used Yancy’s Fancy Xtra Sharp cheddar and Sam Adam’s Boston Lager for my dip. I wasn’t paying close attention to how much extra beer I used, but I think I added about 4 tablespoons in addition to the 1/3 cup I started with.
Warning: the first few pulses in the food processor might get a little messy (mine leaked some beer).
12 ounces good-quality cheddar cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup plus 6 tablespoons beer (lager or ale), divided
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
powdered garlic, powdered onion, cayenne, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce (optional, to taste)
In a food processor, pulse cheese with 1/3 cup of beer for 1 minute, scrapping down sides frequently. Puree until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add extra beer 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing for 30 seconds between each addition, until dip reaches desired consistency. Add seasonings to taste.
Serve immediately with pretzels, or cover and refrigerate. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.