Watch Cooking Channel

Cheddar & Ale Dip

My fiancé and I aren’t really the types to have a local watering hole where everybody knows our name. It’s not that we aren’t social, but we much prefer to entertain from home. The closest thing we do have to our own “spot” is a happening little Irish pub just a few miles away.

Everything—and I mean everything—on their menu is amazing (which is sort of surprising, in that the restaurant lurks in a chain-obsessed suburban strip mall) but it’s the oh-so-sinful ‘cheddar & ale dip’ that keeps us coming back for more.

I have ruined my dinner on that gluttonous appetizer more times than I can count. When it’s in front of me, I have zero control over myself—it is beyond good. And despite the possible ill effects of having constant access, I was determined to get my hands on the recipe. Upon further inquiry, I learned it was a very hush-hush chef secret…the waitress actually laughed in my face when I asked.

Not one to be deterred that easily, especially in the name of a good recipe, I persisted. Little by little I hustled a new ingredient out of a different employee every time we went. (Patience is a virtue, my friend.) Along with a few crucial discoveries and some culinary prowess on my part, I was finally able to create an almost exact replica of their delicious cheesy beer dip. Here it is for you in all it’s ooey, gooey glory!

Cheddar & Ale Dip
Active time: 15 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Yields: 2 cups

Velveeta, a.k.a. processed cheese spread, isn’t usually a “chef’s secret”—in fact it’s usually considered quite taboo—so I was shocked to discover that it was the key to my favorite restaurant’s beer cheese dip. (Their servers do not exactly shout if from the rooftops.)

Use Killian’s Irish Red if possible; I’ve made this with other beers and it isn’t nearly as fabulous. Seek out excellent quality pretzel bread for dunking, either from a bakery or your grocer’s freezer. Keep the dip warm in a crockpot or over a sterno flame while serving, stirring regularly, to keep smooth.

1 (16 ounce) package processed cheese spread, cubed
1 bunch chopped scallions, tops reserved
3/4 cup good-quality beer, preferably Killian’s Irish Red
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
4 ounces extra sharp white cheddar, grated
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
Milk for thinning (optional)
Toasted pretzel bread, for serving

Heat the processed cheese spread in a heavy saucepan over moderate heat until melted and smooth, stirring frequently to prevent scalding. Reduce heat to low to medium low. Stir in the the beer and mustard and let come to a gentle simmer.

Toss the grated cheddar with the cornstarch. Slowly whisk in the cheddar a handful at a time, whisking until each batch is combined before adding more.

Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in milk, a little at time, to thin if necessary (I prefer mine quite thick). Keep warm in a crockpot or over a sterno, stirring occasionally, in order for dip to remain smooth. Serve immediately with toasted pretzel bread.

Nealey moved from Alabama to the West Coast to follow her dreams, only to realize once there how much she missed good ol’ country cooking.  So she took to the kitchen and began re-creating the dishes of her past, but this time without any help from a can. What started out as a hobby turned into an obsession, so she quit her day job to pursue cooking, and eating, fulltime. Dixie Caviar is where you can follow her pursuits of all things Southern.

Tags:

Comments (1982)

  1. Marcos posted 12/22/2013

    Marcos…

    [...]Every the moment inside a when we decide on blogs that we study. Listed beneath would be the most recent web-sites that we select [...]…

  2. Melissia Bennin posted 12/22/2013

    newsbusters…

    Your report could be very useful to me and others. Thanks to the excellent guide….

  3. t shirt ideas posted 12/23/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related articles to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  4. Elise posted 12/23/2013

    Title…

    [...]usually posts some quite intriguing stuff like this. If you are new to this site[...]…

  5. worship leaders posted 12/23/2013

    Its hard to find good help…

    I am regularly saying that its hard to find good help, but here is…

  6. http://www.divineandsexy.us posted 12/23/2013

    Title…

    [...]check below, are some entirely unrelated sites to ours, nonetheless, they may be most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  7. safest swing sets posted 12/23/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its hard to find informative and accurate information but here I found…

  8. Reduce anxiety posted 12/24/2013

    Looking around…

    While I was browsing today I noticed a great article about…

  9. ??????? ?? ???????? posted 12/24/2013

    Title…

    [...]please stop by the websites we follow, like this one, because it represents our picks through the web[...]…

  10. Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

  11. control bad breath posted 12/24/2013

    Looking around…

    While I was surfing today I noticed a great post concerning…

  12. best lottery system posted 12/24/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to few sites that we think you could visit[...]……

  13. DoFollow PR Backlinks posted 12/24/2013

    Title…

    [...]always a huge fan of linking to bloggers that I like but do not get a good deal of link love from[...]…

  14. how to make baklava posted 12/24/2013

    Its hard to find good help…

    I am regularly saying that its difficult to find quality help, but here is…

  15. hoby posted 12/24/2013

    Title…

    [...]very handful of web sites that come about to be detailed beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly very well really worth checking out[...]…

  16. Dog training posted 12/25/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While browsing bing I found this site in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  17. Designer handbags posted 12/25/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its hard to find informative and accurate information but here I noted…

  18. under eye creams posted 12/25/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are some links to sites that we link to because we think they are worthed[...]……

  19. part time jobs posted 12/25/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here yesterday, so I just took to piddeling around online and realized…

  20. ecgarette reviews posted 12/25/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  21. cambogia extract posted 12/26/2013

    Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  22. ways to make money posted 12/26/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While searching Yahoo I discovered this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  23. Oh Pretty Woman roy orbison posted 12/26/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While searching Yahoo I found this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  24. Advertising Campaign posted 12/26/2013

    Title…

    [...]very few web sites that occur to be comprehensive beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]…

  25. Internet Reputation Expert posted 12/27/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really cool info…

  26. Los Angeles posted 12/27/2013

    Just Browsing…

    While I was surfing yesterday I noticed a excellent article about…

  27. Title…

    [...]usually posts some quite interesting stuff like this. If you are new to this site[...]…

  28. best jobs in the world posted 12/28/2013

    Just Browsing…

    While I was surfing yesterday I noticed a great article about…

  29. make money online posted 12/28/2013

    Title…

    [...]Every as soon as inside a whilst we opt for blogs that we study. Listed below would be the most current web sites that we decide on [...]…

  30. Unlock iPhone posted 12/28/2013

    Title…

    [...]we came across a cool web site that you simply could possibly enjoy. Take a look for those who want[...]…

  31. Blogs ou should be reading…

    [...]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[...]……

  32. Clínica del Campestre posted 12/28/2013

    Wikia…

    Wika linked to this place…

  33. Thalia Gutschein 2014 posted 12/28/2013

    Title…

    [...]we came across a cool web site which you could take pleasure in. Take a look should you want[...]…

  34. Truvisage posted 12/28/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  35. movie trailer posted 12/29/2013

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  36. deezer gratuit posted 12/29/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  37. Oral sex tips posted 12/29/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really cool information…

  38. escorts in montreal posted 12/29/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its hard to find informative and accurate information but here I found…

  39. go go posted 12/29/2013

    Title…

    [...]that would be the end of this article. Right here you’ll discover some web pages that we consider you will value, just click the hyperlinks over[...]…

  40. chat posted 12/29/2013

    Sites we Like……

    Here are some completely unrelated websites to ours, nevertheless, just take a second and visit the website……

  41. Gutter Repair Columbus Ohio posted 12/29/2013

    Tumblr article…

    I saw someone writing about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  42. hochzeitsmesse rostock posted 12/29/2013

    Bored at work…

    I like to look in various places on the internet, often I will go to Digg and follow thru…

  43. magic of making up posted 12/29/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    [...]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[...]……

  44. Title…

    [...]one of our guests not too long ago proposed the following website[...]…

  45. columbus ohio roofing posted 12/30/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While searching Yahoo I found this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  46. locksmith in cleveland posted 12/30/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here is a superb Blog You might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[...]…

  47. powell roofing posted 12/31/2013

    Digg…

    While checking out DIGG today I found this…

  48. Travelgenio posted 12/31/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  49. purchase youtube views posted 12/31/2013

    Title…

    [...]the time to read or take a look at the material or sites we’ve linked to below the[...]…

  50. Mariano Pelizzari posted 12/31/2013

    Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c