Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Guinness Cheddar Dip

Do you have leftover Guinness floating around your fridge (um, why? Drink up, we don't waste!)? Need a fun appetizer? Good, because I've got one for you. This creamy and smooth cheddar dip is amped up with a bit of Guinness which leave a hint of something different without tasting like you soaked some cheese in some beer. As a dip or a spread, it's great with crackers, veggies, pita--just about anything. Ooh, I didn't try it with pretzels--do that, let me know how it is. A little bit of seasonings and herbs paired with some dark and delicious Guinness takes cream cheese and cheddar to the next level. And this dip makes a ton. You could roll into into cheese balls for a fun appetizer platter or just put out a big bowl with some dippable snacks like I did. Definitely a good way to use leftover beer.

Looking for a fun and festive appetizer, I found this one from The Curvy Carrot. It's simple and pretty much just uses regular things from your fridge and pantry. Just give everything a whirl in the food processor and you've got an easy and delicious appetizer perfect for a party. I didn't have fresh parsley on hand, so I used dried, but otherwise I followed Shanon's recipe. Crackers, maybe some wine but probably some beer, and friends are all you need to enjoy this simple and delicious appetizer.

Guinness Cheddar Dip 


8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons light cream
1/4 cup Guinness
2 scallions chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste

In the work bowl of a food processor, mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, mustard and light cream. Pulse to combine (mixture may be slightly chunky).

Turn processor on and while mixing, gradually add Guinness (through the spout) and continue processing until smooth.

Transfer cheese mixture to a bowl and add scallions, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir to distribute seasonings throughout.

Cover and chill for an hour (or more). Serve with crackers, veggies, chips or pretzels.

Makes about 4 cups.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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