Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Game Day or Any Day: Beer Cheese Spread
It could be the Wisconsinites in us talking here, but we're pretty sure that most party food is better with a bit of craft beer.
And we're not just talking about the kind you drink.
Cooking with beer isn't anything new. In fact there are countless recipes that can help you use up the brews languishing in your fridge. A wide variety of soups, stews, breads, and side dishes can benefit from the complex, yeasty, malty flavor of a good brew.
Of course, one of the best flavor pairings for a good quality beer is always cheese.
Countless cheeses are enhanced by the right beverage pairing. For instance, why not try a goat cheese paired with wheat beer, a mascarpone with a fruity brew, or a Cheddar with a nice nutty brown ale? Gorgonzola and other blue cheeses go great with Barleywine. And Gruyere can be the perfect match for a dark Lager or a Bock.
We decided to use beer and cheese pairing as an inspiration for this delicious recipe -- a cheese spread that makes full use of the flavors of beer, cheese... and the smokiness of a bit of bacon.
Really, how can you resist?
All you need is a bottle of flavorful beer and a block of good quality cheese to make your appetizer spread anything but ordinary.
Butter makes this cream cheese-based spread seductively rich and creamy, while beer, mustard and a hint of smoky bacon ensure that the flavors in this spread will never fall flat.
Serve with pretzels, crackers or kettle-cooked chips… and a beer, of course!
Beer Cheese Spread