|Sometimes you just feel like being bad.|
Beer cheese. BEER CHEESE. As soon as I heard of it, I had to make it. And it is everything I ever dreamed beer cheese could be: it's sharp, creamy, cheesy, hoppy, and utterly, utterly delicious in the worst way. It's like the adult version of that gloppy yellow cheese from a can you used to get on your nachos at the roller rink.
I baked some pretzels to dip into it.
So, so, so good. Just to increase the lack-of-virtue pleasure factor of this amazing snack, I served it for the Bachelorette finale viewing party. Terrible tv, amazingly terrible gooey food--a great night.
1 can or bottle of beer (I use Yella Pils from Oskar Blues)
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
5 tablespoons cream cheese
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
sprinkle of cayenne
sprinkle of mustard powder
sprinkle of smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste
|Beer cheese ingredients|
|This pre-shredded cheddar is FANCY.|
What to do
Dice the onion and add it to a medium saucepan with a tablespoon of butter. Sweat the onions in the butter until they're translucent, and just barely starting to caramelize, about 7 minutes.
Sprinkle the tablespoon of flour onto the butter and onions. Mix it around to cook the flour for about 3 more minutes.
Pour the beer into the pan. Scrape all around the edges, getting up the burned bits of onion and flour. Bring to a boil.
Get your wire whisk. Turn the heat down to low. Add the cheese, a little at a time, while whisking constantly. The only lumps should be the diced onions and bits of minced garlic.
Sprinkle in the cayenne, mustard, and smoked paprinka (A 1/4 teaspoon of each?) just a small sprinkle. Whisk in.
Cover until using. Serve warm, ideally with soft pretzels, but anything could be yummy to dip in: small hard pretzels, crackers, etc.
This was awesome!
Save virtue for work--pleasure is for home.
Make beer cheese as soon as you can.