Recipe: Beer Cheese Dip

I am so proud of myself for cooking with beer for the first time!!  It was really fun and I got to drink the leftover beer while I was cooking!  I decided to start out with a dip (which isn’t really cooking or baking….more of mixing) and it turned out INCREDIBLE!  Here’s my adaptation of a Hidden Valley® recipe for Beer Cheese Dip!  It wasn’t too cheesy – it actually reminded me more of like a ranch dressing dip but ended up having some really unique flavoring with the beer.

It’s really fast and easy – just make sure to leave your cream cheese out for a while before you start or it will be hard to mix.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (8 oz) package of softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 of a 1 oz packet Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Dips Mix
  • 1/2 cup of lager beer (I chose Yuengling Lager)….I KNOW, I didn’t use a traditional Irish Beer, but the place I stopped at to pick up a six-pack had a very small selection.
Directions:
  • Combine your cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and half packet of Ranch Dip Mix in a bowl.
  • Gradually stir in the beer a little at a time until it reaches a good consistency.
  • Once mixed thoroughly, cover and put in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.
  • Give your dip another quick stir before serving.

Serve with pretzels or anything else of your choice (vegetables, chips, etc).  It doesn’t hurt to sever with a beer on the side as well!  Cheers!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Game Day Appetizer Recipe: Goat Cheese Log

Many of my recipes tend to revolve around cheese, because I’m literally obsessed with it.  Recently, I have attended a couple get togethers where goat cheese logs were served as appetizers and I fell in love with them!  I found that you can buy them pre-made with different toppings or you can make your own.  Today’s game day recipe feature will highlight a store-bought version and a homemade version….and I still can’t decide which I like better!

For a store bought version, one that I highly recommend is from Trader Joe’s.  The one I recently bought was a cranberry goat cheese log (pictured below), but I have also tried their blueberry and vanilla goat cheese log which was also delicious.

Trader Joe’s Cranberry Goat Cheese Log

Then for my own personal version, I bought a plain goat cheese log as well as purchased one of Trader Joe’s Preserves.  You can choose any type of preserves to do this with.  I picked the Fresh Northwest Blackberry Preserves.  All you do is place your plain goat cheese log onto a plate and then spread the preserves on top of the log.

Goat Cheese Log with Blackberry Preserves

Serve with your favorite crackers and glass of wine.  These go great on Game Day (and in front of a cozy fire!!)

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Game Day Recipe: Cheddar, Swiss and Pimento Spread

If you like cheese like me, you will love this appetizer recipe for a cheese spread!  It is made with cheddar and swiss cheeses along with pimentos.  You can serve it with chunks of bread for dipping or to spread on crackers!

Also, if you’ve been reading the blog, the ingredients may look familiar to another recipe on the Food Marriage Blog: my Checkerboard Cheese Sandwiches.  That’s because the recipe is exactly the same, only this time I’m using it as a cheese spread!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10 oz) block of of extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 (10 oz) block of swiss cheese
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of mayonnaise
  • 1 (4 oz) jar of diced pimento
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Directions:
  • Grate both blocks of cheese.
  • Drain your pimentos.
  • Mix together your grated cheese, drained diced pimentos, mayonnaise, onion flakes, and pepper.
  • Store in the refrigerator overnight before serving the next day so the flavors can mix and blend well together.
  • Serve with crackers or your favorite bread for dipping!
 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Game Day Recipe: Baked Brie in a Puff Pastry

This recipe comes to me from one of my bridesmaids from my wedding, Liz.  It is yet another one of the fabulous recipes that I received for my bridal shower!  Here’s a recipe for Baked Brie!

Ingredients:

  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans OR walnuts (I used walnuts this time)
  • 1 small (8 oz) wheel of Brie cheese
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
 
Directions:
  • Defrost puff pastry sheet for about 20 minutes and unfold.
  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat.
  • Add brown sugar and nuts to your butter and saute for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Gently roll pastry with a rolling pin to increase size
  • Beat your eggs in a separate bowl.  Brush both sides of the pastry sheet with the egg.
  • Center the wheel of brie on top of the pastry sheet.
  • Spread jam on top of Brie, then add the brown sugar/nut mixture.
  • Bring all four corners of the pastry sheet together and twist slightly to form a “bundle.”  Be gentle as you do this so you don’t tear the pastry sheet.
  • Press down on pastry sheet so it stays together.
  • Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes; the pastry should be golden brown on top.
  • Serve with crackers (and wine!!)  :-)

 

This recipe is great to serve at a party or in front of the TV for game day!  Don’t try to eat it all yourself even though you might want to!  Definitely a great recipe for sharing!
xoxo,
BA
 

xoxo, Food Marriage