Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cheddar Ale Dip


I know this isn't the best photo but it was night time and can you really expect me to resist this dip until the next day when there's natural light?? I didn't think so. And yea you can see how far behind I am on posting about things I've made (from the Halloween bowl). ;)

One of my favourite things to eat is dip. I really love dipping. I try not to eat dip too often if it's the kind that's made with lots of cream or cheese though of course those are my favourites (except tzatziki and hummus - healthy and yummy!) This is one of those delicious not healthy dips. The original recipe has you eat it cold, but my boyfriend suggested heating it up and it was much better that way (though it's good cold too). The next day he added some leftover sauteed onions and broccoli to it. That was also delicious. Overall this dip was just delicious (which I'm sure you're getting by now). I loved the combination of cheddar cheese, cream cheese, Dijon and ale. I wasn't sure how much the ale flavour would come through but I was able to taste it. Maybe I'll add a bit more next time.

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Pan Fried Onion Dip
Hummus
Grape Tomato Salsa

Cheddar Ale Dip
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker's adaptation from from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

8 oz cream cheese
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup beer (pretty much anything but a light beer)
2 teaspoons dried parsley

Combine the cream cheese, mustard, cheddar cheese, cream, and salt in a food processor. Process for 30 seconds, add the beer, and continue processing until very smooth. Pulse in the parsley until just dispersed.

This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You will want to take it out an hour before serving if you do refrigerate.

22 comments:

Erin said...

This looks great! I've had this recipe bookmarked for a long time and I really want to get a chance to make it!

VeggieGirl said...

CUTEST Halloween bowl :-)

kimberleyblue said...

This sounds so good! Yum - a great appetizer.

kickpleat said...

squeeee! this looks amazing. i'll definitely make it over the holidays as i'm always looking for good dip recipes and my friends and i love beer and cheese. what could be better?

Helene said...

Yummy! Thanks for sharing. It's not easy to take pictures in the winter.

Rita said...

Sounds yummy, although for some reason the thought of pouring beer on the food processor makes worry,haha

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

This looks so great and very unique - I agree that heated on this one is the way to go!! I am printing now for the holiday to make folder!!

Ricki said...

Well, I guess my eyes aren't that sharp as I think the photo looks gorgeous! I wouldn't have known it was taken at night. And love that Halloween bowl! Perfect for this dip--which sounds delish, by the way. :)

Johanna said...

I love dips too - usually I prefer them without cream cheese but this does look very very good - esp warmed up - sounds almost like a fondu! Oh and cute bowl too!

Bunny said...

That wouldn't last long in this house! It looks great!

Joanna said...

dip is so addictive!! it's not possible to only stop at one chip with dip.

i thought the ale was going to be ginger ale, but the beer prob. gives it an interesting flavor.

Pearl said...

that looks so cute and i love the bowl!

Vegetation said...

I think the photo looks great! It's certainly doing it's job, I want some now! Yum!

Grace said...

lovely bowl, better-looking dip. :) smooth, creamy, and delicious--everything a good dip should be. and there's booze! :)

Maris said...

These dips all souund delicious! I love dips and appetizers, I could eat them as a meal...especially anything involving cheese :)

Lisa said...

What a delightful combination of flavours! I might make this over the Christmas holidays. Yummy.

Sara said...

beer and cheese! yum. and that bowl is too cute.

Sara said...

This sounds great, I love cheese spreads!

Parker said...

Anything with ale in it is good in my books. Love the bowl.

Pearl said...

if you make the coconut tart, be sure to let me know how it turns out! :)

Cakespy said...

Oh geez this sounds good. It sounds like one of those things you wouldn't be able to stop eating!! A double dipper of a dish (when no one's looking), for sure :-)

Kevin said...

Great sounding dip!