Tavern Beer Cheese

Source: Susan Goss; Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
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Main Ingredient: Cheese, Dairy
Menu Part: Appetizer
Cuisine Type: American
Serves: 6

Customers are expecting more interesting and sophisticated bar snacks to accompany a glass of wine, beer, cocktail or mocktail. It all goes with the trend toward dining at the bar, ordering up an appetizer or two, and lingering to snack and drink. This savory cheese is a good way to start.

Ingredients

12 oz. Wisconsin aged cheddar cheese, shredded
6 oz. shredded Parmesan cheese (1 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. pure chili powder blend, such as ancho or New Mexico
1/2 tsp. garlic powder or granulated garlic
1/4 to 1/3 cup beer
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
Crackers or toast slices

Steps

  1. In large bowl, combine cheeses. Add Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder and garlic powder; mix well.
  2. In large food processor bowl with metal blade, process cheese mixture, adding beer to make a thick spread. Stir in parsley.
  3. Place in crock or serving bowl. Serve at room temperature with crackers or toasts.