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Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts: Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip

You had to know what I was going to post about today didn’t you?  It just had to be the dip that went with the Soft Pretzel Bites!  It was a good one too.  I think the name kind of speaks for itself…Cheddar, Bacon, and Beer!    Can you really go wrong when you put those together?  Then you get to dip a warm soft pretzel in it, oh so good! 

I served this in a little crock pot, set on warm so it would be good for the whole party.  This recipe makes quite a bit of dip, but that was a good thing.  There wasn’t a whole lot left at the end of the night.  The leftovers ended up going home with someone else they liked it so much.  The recipe has you use some of the bacon fat to get the flavor in there.  But in the end, I stirred in all the crumbled bacon.  I mean really, was anyone going to complain about more bacon?! 

Warm Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip
Adapted from Cabot Cheese

6 slices bacon,  diced
3 tablespoons Flour
1 (12-ounce) bottle amber ale
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces
2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (I used Siracha)
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

In large pan over medium heat, cook bacon until browned and crispy.  Remove from pan, and place on paper towels.  Leave a couple tablespoons of bacon fat behind.  Stir in flour, and cook for about 1 minute. 

Whisk in beer.  Cook until it starts to thicken, stirring occasionally. Whisk in mustard.  Turn heat down to low. Mix in cream cheese. Add cheddar cheese a handful at a time.   Stir until cheeses are melted and dip is hot. 

Place in crock pot to keep warm for a party.  Or place in fridge and reheat at the time for serving.   



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38 Comments:

At October 5, 2011 at 6:56 AM , Blogger Lizzy said...

So smooth and wonderful!!! Perfect with your pretzel bites :)

 
At October 5, 2011 at 9:38 AM , Anonymous Purabi Naha said...

Erin, what a lovely colour of the dip and oh, so cheesy! I loved this. The photography is very good!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 10:09 AM , Blogger Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

Oh wow this recipe looks fantastic Erin!! Just like Lizzy said, this really is perfect with your delicious pretzel bites!! :)

 
At October 5, 2011 at 10:23 AM , Anonymous Tiffany {A Clove of Garlic} said...

What a great fall snack! Perfect for watching games on TV or sitting around telling stories. Love it!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 10:30 AM , Anonymous Betsy said...

I want this now!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 10:31 AM , Blogger S.V. said...

Not only did the pretzel bites sound great but the dip sounds awesome!!! My son swears he hates pretzels but I bet this would change his mind instantly.

 
At October 5, 2011 at 10:50 AM , Blogger Cooking for My Kids said...

The pretzel bites and dip will both be making it onto my football food menu in the coming weeks. They look delicious!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 11:02 AM , Blogger Grubarazzi said...

Beer? Bacon? Cheese? You had me at hello!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 11:20 AM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

I was wondering what that dip was with the pretzels yesterday. I love the color. There is a restaurant here (my hub's favorite) that has a beer cheddar soup and it's amazing. I can imagine that this is similar. Can't wait to try!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 12:39 PM , Blogger The Slow Roasted Italian said...

What a great dip! I am bookmarking it and the pretzels! YUM!!!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 12:50 PM , Blogger Tracey said...

What a fun dip recipe! Such a great combination of flavors, I bet it's delicious with those pretzels :)

 
At October 5, 2011 at 1:27 PM , Blogger Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Bookmarked! Having "beer" in it self-promotes this dish at a party. I can't wait to try... now I have to know how to make Pretzels...checking next.

 
At October 5, 2011 at 1:35 PM , OpenID loftybites.com said...

Perfect party dip, especially for Football Sundays! And your pretzel bites look yummy too. What a great combo!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 1:48 PM , Blogger Audra said...

That sounds amazing Erin! Being from Wisconsin I love ANYTHING with beer and cheese :) Great post.

 
At October 5, 2011 at 3:26 PM , Blogger Christine's Pantry said...

Dip and pretzel bites sound great.

 
At October 5, 2011 at 3:43 PM , Anonymous Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

Oh yum! Wish I had this dip when I made my sausage stuffed pretzels!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 4:10 PM , Anonymous kristy said...

Bacon, beer and cheese...nope, you can't go wrong with that. This would be a sure fire hit at one of our family get togethers.

 
At October 5, 2011 at 5:44 PM , Blogger mjskit said...

What a great cheese dip! Love the bacon and beer. I'm sure it works with chips as well. YUMMY!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 6:53 PM , Anonymous Sook said...

Oh I made pretzel bites the other day and this dip would have been perfect with them! Yum!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 7:59 PM , Blogger Curry and Comfort said...

So this is the recipe for the lovely dip next to those fabulous pretzel bites. YUM. PS... put your dukes up... we're sparing for Best New Blog on Foodbuzz. Just kidding. :) I am so happy for you!! Congrats on the nomination. Yay to both of us. :)

 
At October 5, 2011 at 8:10 PM , Blogger Ann said...

Terrific! What a GREAT dip for the pretzels! I was hoping you'd post the dip recipe!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 8:18 PM , Anonymous Anne@frommysweetheart said...

Love the ingredients in this dip and I can think of a million other uses for when I run out of pretzel bites!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 9:11 PM , Anonymous Elyse @The Cultural Dish said...

Ooo I love this! I definitely need to try this and your pretzels look so cute and delicious! Yum!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 9:16 PM , Blogger Elies_Lie said...

Great dipping sauce erin!!
I love cheese ones! Tq for sharing the recipe erin... now I have another variety of cheese dipping sauce! YaY! ;)

 
At October 5, 2011 at 9:31 PM , Blogger Janet@FromCupcakesToCaviar said...

For some reason whenever I see a recipe using beer, I tend to pass it by but knowing the person posting this, I had to check. I'm glad I did. This sounds great Erin! I love the idea of this as a dip for those pretzel bites... and whatever other way I can think of to use it hehehe.

 
At October 5, 2011 at 9:56 PM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

Oh my this is fantastic. Looks so silky and smooth. I want to attend a party where you cook. You always blow me away.

 
At October 5, 2011 at 11:36 PM , Anonymous raquel erecipe said...

hi erin, this is great for parties,my kids will surely love it.

 
At October 5, 2011 at 11:39 PM , OpenID jensfreshandfabulous.com said...

There are no words to describe that amount of yummy goodness!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 11:56 PM , Blogger Free Spirit Eater said...

Cheddar and bacon go hand in hand, I'd love to come to your place for any meal of the day! As always, wonderful recipe and mouth watering photos =]

 
At October 6, 2011 at 1:19 AM , Anonymous Lindsey@Lindselicious said...

Yum Yum Yum!!!! If I were to make this for the next tailgate with your pretzel bites, I think I would be a hero!! I might have to do a practice round this weekend. =)

 
At October 6, 2011 at 6:03 AM , Blogger Parsley Sage said...

Awesome in a crock pot. Love it! Buzzed :)

 
At October 6, 2011 at 11:22 AM , Anonymous Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

You had me at cheddar and bacon! This sounds AWESOME, especially with those pretzel bites you made!

 
At October 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM , Anonymous Wendy said...

I love soft pretzels! And I love that recipe! I see this in my future. Near future. (PS: I posted this to our Facebook wall for all our fans to see :)

Wendy
Cabot Cheese

 
At October 9, 2011 at 9:10 PM , Blogger Michelle O said...

YUM. I hate to be so simple, but really... YUM!!!

 
At October 9, 2011 at 9:10 PM , Blogger Michelle O said...

YUM. I hate to be so simple, but really... YUM!!!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 3:47 PM , Blogger Kelsey said...

I'll be making this one for my boyfriend

 
At October 18, 2011 at 12:34 AM , Blogger foodies at home said...

This is my husbands dream dip right there!!

 
At October 18, 2011 at 5:03 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

That dip sounds amazing, Erin.

 

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