Smoked Cheddar Beer Cheese with Soft Pretzels

An ooey gooey cheese dip meant for dunking. If you can’t find smoked cheddar cheese, look for a smoked mozzarella, or use a mild white cheddar instead. Don’t use smoked Gouda; I’ve found this to be too sweet. You may make the beer cheese ahead and rewarm in a pot or microwave to serve. Make sure you’ve got lots of big, chewy soft pretzels for dipping, and serve them slightly warmed.

Smoked Cheddar Beer Cheese with Soft Pretzels

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
An ooey gooey cheese dip meant for dunking. If you can't find smoked cheddar cheese, look for a smoked mozzarella, or use a mild white cheddar instead. Don't use smoked Gouda; I've found this to be too sweet. You may make the beer cheese ahead and rewarm in a pot or microwave to serve. Make sure you've got lots of big, chewy soft pretzels for dipping, and serve them slightly warmed.
5 from 1 vote
Course Appetizer, Sauce
Servings 6

Ingredients
 

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup whole milk, slighlty warmed
  • cup light beer, such as a pilsner
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces shredded cheese, a combination of smoked cheddar and gruyere, or use a mild white cheddar
  • soft pretzels for serving

Instructions
 

  • Melt the butter over low heat in a medium saucepan. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
  • Add the milk, whisking as you pour it in to avoid lumps. Cook over medium heat, making sure you whisk the entire time so that the milk doesn't scorch on the bottom. It should take a few minutes to become the consistency of a thick yogurt. Add the beer, mustard, garlic powder, paprika and salt and cook another 3-4 minutes, whisking. You should just begin to see bubbles from it coming up to a simmer when it is ready. Turn up the heat if it is taking too long.
  • Stir in the cheese, and taste for seasoning. Add more salt if necessary. Once the cheese is added, don't let it come to a boil again. Pour into one large serving bowl or individual ramekins and serve with warm pretzels for dipping.

Notes

The beer cheese can be made ahead and refrigerated. Gently warm over low heat before serving.
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