This simple appetizer recipe is very delicious and perfect for an Open House party; it will stay warm and creamy for about 4 hours. Crockpot Beer Cheese Dip can be made with real beer or non-alcoholic beer; it will be delicious either way.
But you must use processed cheese loaf, not the real shredded cheese you may be used to. The real stuff will just not melt as well, and the result will be stringy and may separate; not what you want! There are several flavors of this processed cheese; you can buy mild, or plain, or buy it with jalapeños or spices added if that's what you like.
Keep this dip in a fondue pot over a candle or in an electric fondue pot so it stays warm during your party. You can also use a little (1 quart) slow cooker, set to "keep warm" or low. Offer lots of great dippers such as bread cubes, crackers, nacho chips, tortilla chips, bread sticks, and slices of apple, along with celery sticks, carrot sticks, and even shrimp and hot, cooked little sausages. Frozen French fries or potato wedges, baked until crisp, are also delicious with this dip.
You can double or even triple the dip if you have a lot of people coming over. Just make sure that you use a slow cooker that's the right size. The slow cooker should be filled 1/2 to 3/4 full for best results. If you don't have enough food in it, the food may burn. If you have too much, the slow cooker could overflow.
Enjoy this dip with a cold beer or some white wine, lots of dippers, and your party. It's delicious with just about any other food, including other hot and cold dips.
- 1/2 cup beer
- 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 1 pound process cheese spread loaf (cut into cubes)
- Frozen French fries (baked)
- Tortilla chips
Mix the beer, Tabasco sauce, and process cheese spread in a 1 to 2 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 40 minutes until cheese melts. Stir until mixture is smooth. Scrape down cooker sides with a rubber spatula.
Turn heat to LOW. this dip will hold for 4 hours if you stir it occasionally. Serve with pretzels, bread sticks, tortilla chips, sturdy potato chips, bread cubes, or crackers. Or with vegetables such as bell pepper strips, baby carrots, and celery sticks. Offer those little forks you use with fondue if you are going to offer small things like bread cubes.