This is the first Sunday in a many months that football isn’t on the television. I’m not missing it though, as Matt and I had a couple friends visit and have been enjoying time with them while I fight a major head cold and try to save some energy for work tomorrow.
How was your weekend? Tell me you did fun things while I stayed home on the couch, wearing three blankets and blowing my nose.
Speaking of football, I’m really not trying to bombard you with Super Bowl recipes . It’s just that time of year, when everyone enjoys a good old American recipe for finger foods, dips, and fried meat (my lighter chicken wings are a good alternative!). In that vein, let me introduce you to my version of beer cheese dip.
This recipe was another Pinterest find and I ate it for three days straight as an “appetizer” to several dinners. No, I didn’t hide anything healthy inside and no, this will not meet any of the USDA pyramid requirements, but it’s a dip, and dips are supposed to be 1) indulgent and 2) for sharing. So have at it (as long as you share!).
2 packages of cream cheese (8 ounces each), softened (use organic to ensure it’s all natural)
1/3 cup beer (any lager or pale ale would work)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried onion flakes
1 tsp salt
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp ground pepper
Note: The original recipe calls for a ranch seasoning packet. Many spice mixes and seasoning packets are loaded with chemicals and are just as easy (and tasty) to make at home! If you really want to use the packet, try the Simply Organic brand.
Another note: Buttermilk powder is traditionally included in recipe seasoning packets, so if you have some on hand, add it. I didn’t, and I only saw it sold in bulk, so I didn’t purchase it and thought it worked fine without!
Mix all ingredients until well blended. Use a mixer if needed, to mix the cream cheese, spices, and beer, but fold in the shredded cheese by hand. If you find that the dip is too thick, add a tiny bit of beer until thinned to your liking.
Chill until you’re ready to serve. The longer it sits in the fridge, the better it gets!
This dip was addicting and even after two days in the fridge, still tasted amazing. The beer shines through, especially if you use a craft brew, and is perfect served with pretzels.
Put this on your Super Bowl table, but save a little extra for yourself!
Question: What’s your favorite dip to bring to a party?