Beer Cheese Dip {for soft pretzels}

18 September 2014

So I told you about the soft pretzels the other day, and in our house it is assumed that this Beer Cheese Dip will be served with the pretzels.  So I don't want to withhold the goods from you.

Honestly, the first time I tried this, I didn't know what to expect, and so I was a little confused.  I wasn't sure if it was going to taste more like beer, or just be good and cheesy, but it was both and after a bite or two, I couldn't stop.  We call it a dip, but it is really more of a deep-dunking, make sure to get your fingers in there so you can lick up the extra, kind of love letter to soft pretzels.  Okay, so maybe that's an oversell.  But it is good, and you will be happy that you have the recipe, so you can make your own, because I will neither confirm nor deny that I am a double dipper with this one.

Beer Cheese Dip {for soft pretzels}

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese 
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup beer*
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. brown mustard
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. hot sauce of choice (we use Frank's)

1. Combine all ingredients into a medium-large bowl and stir together.  It will be a rough stir.
2. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir again.  The mixture will start to come together.
3. Continue microwaving for 30 seconds at a time, followed by a good stir, until the mixture is smooth and warm.  
4. Serve warm or room temperature with soft pretzels.

*Use any beer you like.  We have made it with Coors Light and it was great.  We have made it with darker beers, like Shiner, and that darker flavor was excellent, too!

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