Friday, February 6, 2015

Beer Cheese Dip

A friend of ours recently brought this dip to sundowners in our cockpit. It's incredibly easy, tastes great, and the ingredients are easy to store on a boat. Besides, it has the side benefit of not using an entire bottle of beer so you <ahem> have to drink the rest. Thanks Tricia for an excellent recipe!


Ingredients:

8 oz of cream cheese (whipped or regular either one works great)
1/2 package of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix powder
Cheddar cheese grated
Beer

Directions:

Beat the cream cheese in a small bowl until creamy. You can do this by hand if you don't have a mixer and it will work just as well. Add the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix and stir it in well. Add as much cheddar as you want. The more cheddar, the cheesier the taste. I used a very sharp cheddar which seems to balance the beer flavor well.  Add a little beer at a time, stirring well in between. Add enough beer to make a light, spreadable consistency. You can vary the flavor of this dip a tremendous amount by what beer you choose. I used Blue Moon for this sample and the taste is pretty light. If you use a darker beer it will make the taste much richer. Choose what you like. Serve it with crackers, fritos, pretzels or veggies.


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