Beer, cheese and happiness in a bowl.

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I have to admit, although I love most forms of party food, dips are a particular weakness of mine. There’s just something about dipping a crunchy cracker into soft creamy goodness that creates a magical little party in your mouth. Let’s just leave out the amount of calories you consume by mindlessly eating dips and crackers, shall we?

So whenever we’re either hosting a party or BBQ, or invited to one where we’re taking our own nibbles, I always resort to making dips to keep the masses happy. Because I like doing everything a little differently, dips that you come across frequently like tuna dip aren’t usually on my radar (although I’ll scoff them down veryyy happily), and I’ve tried to find different dip recipes to stand out on the table.

The first time I tasted this dip was when my brother made it, and I quickly stole the recipe and made it my own. It’s a dip I make often, and is always received brilliantly – and NO ONE can ever guess what it’s made of!

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Ingredients:

  • Lager – about half a can should be enough
  • Cheddar – I use the pre-packed packages, which are normally just around 200g-300g
  • Cream cheese – 1 tub, usually around 250g

You don’t need to be too fussy with amounts. As long as you have similar amounts of cheddar and cream cheese, and enough beer to make it fluid, it’s enough! You can even reduce the cheddar if you’re not particularly keen on the cheesy taste…but then I guess you wouldn’t be making this dip!

Method:

  1. Place the cream cheese in your food processor.
  2. Add about half the beer you’re using.
  3. Blend together until smooth.
  4. Add the cheddar in chunks.
  5. Blend – my food processor starts rattling around until the chunks are broken down, so you might want to hold it down a while!
  6. Open the processor and scrape down the sides.
  7. Add the remaining beer and blend till perfectly smooth!
  8. Grab a cracker and get down to tasting your dip! Now’s also a good time to remember about the half of the beer you didn’t use in the dip, and needs to be disposed of, one way or another!

 

 

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This dip will quickly become part of your repertoire, for any party, BBQ or even football/film nights! I guarantee no one will guess what’s in your dip, everyone will try to figure out what’s in it, and the bowl will be emptied very very quickly!

For obvious reasons, the dip isn’t child-friendly. If you have any leftovers, pop them in the fridge and it will keep for a couple of days, but dispose of any leftover dip that remains in the sun for a little too long.

What’s your go-to dip? Let me know in the comments below, I’m always on the lookout for new dips to try out!