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Beer cheese dip in a brown bowl surrounded with soft pretzel bites.
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Beer Cheese Dip

This beer cheese dip is a delicious cheesy sauce perfect for dipping your soft pretzel bites, roasted potato wedges, or tortilla chips. It's made with 3 types of cheese, beer, and spices (but it's totally customizable). This easy appetizer is perfect for game day and will be ready in just 15 minutes!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, German
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 191kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • pinch of cayenne pepper or tabasco sauce, to taste
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar 100g
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere or sharp cheddar, 100g
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add the butter into a medium saucepan.
  • When the butter is melted and bubbling add the flour. Whisk until combined.
  • Gradually add the beer, whisking constantly, until combined. Cook for a minute over low heat.
  • Add the milk and spices: onion and garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and cayenne. Cook over medium-low heat for a minute, whisking from time to time. Reduce the heat to low.
  • Add shredded cheese in 2 additions, whisking after each addition until the cheese is melted.
  • When all the cheese has been incorporated, season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Leave to cool and thicken (about 5-10 minutes), then enjoy!

Notes

  • What kind of cheese to use: use any melting cheese that you like. Other options: you can use just sharp cheddar, just Gruyere cheese (amazing), Gruyere and smoked gouda, cheddar and smoked gouda. For the best flavor purchase a block of cheese and grate it yourself! Pre-grated cheese contains substances that prevent it from clumping in the bag - such cheese may be harder to melt and just doesn't taste as good.
  • The best beer for beer cheese dip: a pale ale or lager beer (just use a beer that you like to drink). Non-alcoholic beer can also be used! Storing and freezing instructions can be found in the post.
  • If your cheese sauce is grainy or split just mix it in a blender (or use a hand/immersion blender).
  • Calories: 1 serving (1/8 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!

Nutrition

Calories: 191kcal