Addictive. This Blue Cheese Beer Cheese is completely and utterly addictive. Just ask my brother.
I know you are just waiting for a steamy bowl of melted yellow cheese that tastes like beer and cheddar. Sorry not today, but don’t run away quite yet. As far as I can tell this is a common German snack eaten with beer – sorry to tell you there is actually no beer in the cheese… at all. So, now that I have all the bad news out of the way, I can get to the addictive qualities.
Ok, so here is where I found out about this recipe. On Christmas Eve, my family – which is huge – does a big gift exchange with about 30 people. It’s a ton of fun to see what everyone makes and brings. This past year I went home with a huge bag full of German food like pickles, beer, homemade spicy mustard, pretzel chips and a tiny (or at least I thought it was tiny after I started eating it) jar of this beer cheese. I decided to save all my goodies for our New Years Eve party. I had no idea what to expect but my thought was that it would make a decent platter of snacks for all my guests.
I think I just knew in that first bite of a pretzel chip dipped into this creamy cheese, I was hooked. I really can’t explain the addictive need to continue eating the whole jar until it’s completely licked clean. Using the pretzel chips, I scooped bite after bite of creamy blue cheesy goodness. I had competition though, several people were very into this beer cheese too. No more than my oldest younger brother. To the point where we were trying to figure out how to make more at about midnight.
Well needless to say, I didn’t make any more that night but I made it my mission to find out what it was because I cannot live without this recipe. My aunt who gifted me the German bag led me in the right direction but I found a recipe online that was almost an exact replica. I couldn’t stand it and had to make it right away. Yep, just as addictive as I remember. In fact I am eating some right now.
I did discover that if the mixture is too thick, add a little bit of milk to make it more soft and creamy. But the best advice is to wait about 10 minutes before serving – if you can stand it – so that it is more scoopable. I love the fact that it lasts quite a long time in the fridge so you can make a big batch and take it out when people come over. Or when you just need a snack. Like I did today.
I know I talked about getting ready for the Memorial Day long weekend on my post about the Buffalo Chicken Sausage Sandwiches. This is the perfect appetizer or snack to eat while barbecuing and drinking a few beers because you can make it way ahead of time and save yourself the stress of making tons of dishes while you would rather hang out with friends.
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- ½ cup blue cheese crumbles
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Pretzels, to serve
- Combine cheeses, butter and Worcestershire in a medium bowl, stirring to mix thoroughly. Pack into a mason jar or bowl. Cover a chill 2 hours or overnight. Let sit out of the fridge for 10 minutes before serving with pretzels.