Warm Beer Cheese Dip With Bacon & Bratwurst
November 04, 2016
Categories: Dips, Comfort Food, Pork, Dairy, Cheese, Alcohol, Appetizers, North American, 5-Minute Prep, Cooking For A Crowd, Easy/Beginner Cooking, Make-Ahead, Quick Meals, Small Batch Cooking, Christmas, Entertaining, Fall/Autumn, Game/Sports Day, Labor Day, New Years, Potluck, Winter, Food Processor, Slow Cooker, Gluten-Free, Low Carbohydrate, No Eggs, Make it from scratch more
"Serve this rich and cheesy beer cheese dip with your favorite crackers or bread. Personally, I love my sauerkraut crackers (Recipe #25153); but, you can serve this with any of your favorite crackers; or, cubes of rye, pumpernickel, or sourdough bread. Pretzels, small boiled new potatoes are also another favorite - use your imagination. My friends always kid me, and say ... "this is the Wisconsin version of the Velveeta and sausage dip." It's just a great dip for game day/night, movie nights, parties or entertaining - or, just good snack food."
- Serving Size: 1 (78.1 g)
- Calories 237.6
- Total Fat - 16.9 g
- Saturated Fat - 7.7 g
- Cholesterol - 46 mg
- Sodium - 678.9 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 2 g
- Dietary Fiber - 0.2 g
- Sugars - 0.5 g
- Protein - 18.2 g
- Calcium - 347.6 mg
- Iron - 0.4 mg
- Vitamin C - 1.9 mg
- Thiamin - 0.1 mg
Bacon ... Add the bacon to a cold non-stick pan; and, slowly bring up to medium heat. If you slowly render the bacon; you shouldn't need to add any oil. Saute the bacon slowly, until crisp and golden brown (about 5-7 minutes). Then, transfer the bacon to a plate, lined with a paper towel to drain, and cool. Then, dice into small pieces. Don't throw out the drippings - you will use those to cook the brat.
Brats ... In the same pan on medium heat; add the bratwurst, which you removed from the casing. Break it up as it cooks. You want the bratwurst to get nice and crispy brown - not just cooked through, but CRISP; this is a garnish; so, it is important. It will take about 10 minutes, stirring often. Once crisp; transfer to a plate to drain, but keep covered.
Cheese ... Add the cheeses, horseradish, beer, and paprika to a glass bowl; and, microwave on medium heat - at 30 second intervals, stirring often; until completely melted. You can also do this over a pot of lightly boiling water; but, I find the microwave works just as well. The cream cheese will prevent the cheddar from breaking or separating; and, make the dip creamy and smooth.
Finish ... Once the cheese is melted; add the scallions and bacon; and, mix to combine. Transfer to a small crock pot or a heavy ceramic bowl to keep warm. Top with the crispy bratwurst and extra scallions.
Serve and ENJOY! ... I love my sauerkraut crackers (Recipe #25153); but, any of your favorite crackers works great. Also, cubes of pumpernickel bread, rye bred, and sour dough bread are delicious to dip. Pretzels, baby new potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, etc; endless combinations.
NOTE: You can easily make this ahead of time. Simply don't add the bratwurst and scallion garnish. Refrigerate until ready to use, microwave to reheat; then, add the garnish.
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