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beer and cheese sauce It's an easy cheesy snack that's perfect for game day or hosting friends.
A combination of your favorite beer, a variety of cheeses, and delicious seasonings, this recipe is a welcome addition to any appetizer! Serve with pretzel bites, omelets, or even veggies!
The best beer for cheese sauce
What type of beer do you like the most? So that's the beer you should be using!
- Dark beers like stouts, and the malts will produce a deep, bitter taste.
- Light beers like beers and IPAs they will give a lighter flavor (this is my personal preference).
- Non-alcoholic Beers work well in this recipe too!
Consider what you are serving with the sauce and choose the flavor from there! Darker beers are best with pretzels, pretzel sticks, tortilla chips, and bread. For the lighter-flavored version, use carrot sticks, broccoli, and cauliflower blossoms or zucchini rounds.
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Cheeses for this sauce
I use a combination of cheddar, gruyere and mozzarella cheese. Cheddar / Gruyere cheese adds flavor while mozzarella adds a creamy texture.
Any cheese will do, but keep in mind that a milder cheese will have a milder flavor (and won't pair well with a really bold dark beer).
How to make beer and cheese sauce
This cheesy snack is as easy as 1, 2, 3 and will probably be enjoyed just as quickly! This starts with a roux (butter and flour mixed together) to make a thick sauce.
- Melt the butter, seasonings and flour. Cook 1 minute.
- Pour beer and milk little by little, whisking after each addition. At first it will look thick and almost pasty, but it will soften very well.
- Once thick and bubbly, add cheeses and stir until melted.
Tip: Grate your own cheese from one block. Previously grated cheeses have additives that prevent sticking in the bag, so it may not melt well.
What to serve with cheese sauce and beer
We often make beer cheese sauce for pretzels and serve it warm as a cheese fondue. The possibilities of the saucepan are endless.
- Bread: pretzels or pretzel sticks, tortilla chips, pieces of French or sourdough bread, soft breadsticks, and slices of garlic crostini.
- Vegetables: celery sticks, broccoli, cauliflower flowers, zucchini, bell pepper strips, whole mushrooms, and whole red potatoes (cooked).
- Fruitsslices of green apples, pears and grapes.
Or serve this dip along with other classic appetizer dishes like jalapeños or slow cooker smokes.
How to move forward
Beer Cheese Dip is very easy to prepare! All you need to do is chill it and keep it covered in the fridge until you are ready to reheat it!
- To reheat: Stir vigorously (add a little milk if necessary) and simmer on the stove.
As with most recipes that contain a lot of dairy, cheese and beer sauce does not freeze well.
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beer and cheese sauce
Cook time 12 minutes
Total time 17 minutes
This easy beer and cheese sauce is great for serving hot, warm, or even cold!
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 cup milk
- 2/3 cup beer
- 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
- 1 cup shredded strong cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup gruyere or Swiss cheese, grated
Melt butter, flour, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper over medium heat in a saucepan. Cook 1 minute.
Add beer and milk little by little, beating until smooth after each addition. Continue cooking over medium heat until thick and bubbly.
Reduce heat to low, add cheeses, and stir until melted and smooth.
Serve warm with vegetables, tortilla chips, or soft pretzels.
Keep warm on a hot cheese fondue or in a small saucepan. A darker beer will have a more bitter beer flavor, while a lighter beer will produce a lighter beer flavor. Either one will work in this recipe. Serving size: 3 tablespoons
Calories 126, Fat: 9g, Saturated fat: 6gCholesterol 28mgSodium 165mgPotassium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 4g, Fiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 7gVitamin A: 335%Calcium 194%, Iron: 1%
(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)
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