Wednesday, September 18, 2013

beer cheese jalapeno bacon dip...it's football season!

beer bacon jalapeno cheese dip recipe football food

I've got to give credit where credit is due--this amazing Beer Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Dip was the brainchild of my (Jessica's) husband's BFF. I asked all my friends and family what kinds of things they'd like to see posts about on the blog, and BFF's request was "something with bacon and cheese." We briefly debated having bacon "chips" to dip into the beer jalapeno cheese mixture, (BFF's obsession with bacon is the stuff of legend!) but ultimately decided that just wouldn't be classy. Delicious, but not classy!

After a brief brainstorming session with my husband to make sure that I brought BFF's vision to life in the best possible way, this dip was born. It is the creamiest, cheesiest, most luscious, most bacon-y dip ever, with the rich flavors of beer and a hint of spice from the roasted jalapenos. A masterpiece.

Try not to drool all over your computer screen, folks:

beer bacon jalapeno cheese dip recipe football food

It's pretty much just as fantastic as you're thinking. But it was also pretty dang simple, and today I'm going to show you how to make this cheesy masterpiece in your own kitchen! Check out how to make your own after the break:



Beer Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Dip

Ingredients:
4 jalapenos
6 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
1 1/2 cups cheese sauce (like Ragu)
2 cups chopped cheese (of your choice-try different cheeses for more flavor!)
1/2 cup of beer

1. Before you start preparing the rest of the dip, you'll want to put your jalapenos in the oven to roast. You'll need to cut your jalapenos in half and de-seed them first (wear latex gloves!!!), then lay them out of a lightly greased baking sheet like this:

beer bacon jalapeno cheese dip recipe football food

 Bake them at 375 degrees for about fifteen minutes, or until they look like this:

beer bacon jalapeno cheese dip recipe football food

2. Next you'll want to prep your cheese. We used aged Gouda and sharp Cheddar, in equal parts, about a cup of each, chopped.

beer bacon jalapeno cheese dip recipe football food

Chop the cheese into fairly small chunks. This is so it melts more quickly. You can also grate it if you want. I opted for chopping because it was faster and easier, and I already had the tools out because of the jalapenos. In short, the cheese grater was aaaaaaalllll the way across the kitchen, and I'm lazy.

beer bacon jalapeno cheese dip recipe football food

3. Pour your 1/2 cup of beer into a saucepan. Warm it over medium heat. Drink the rest of the bottle.

beer bacon jalapeno cheese dip recipe football food

4. Add the cheese to the beer!

beer bacon jalapeno cheese dip recipe football food

5. Pour in your 1 1/2 cups of cheese sauce, and stir everything together until you have an ooey gooey, cheesy beery melted mess:

beer bacon jalapeno cheese dip recipe football food

 6. While your cheese is melting, take the jalapenos out of the oven and chop them finely:

beer bacon jalapeno cheese dip recipe football food

Stir in the chopped jalapenos, top with the chopped bacon and serve!

beer bacon jalapeno cheese dip recipe football food

You can serve this with any kind of chips, or we chose a crusty cheese baguette loaf sliced into dip-sized bites. Delish!

beer bacon jalapeno cheese dip recipe football food

I hope this inspires some amazing Sunday afternoon football eats, and some happy husbands. As always, let us know how this recipe works for you, and if you'd like more of our recipes you can check out our treats recipe page here!

~Jessica

12 comments:

  1. Looks absolutely amazing! And,I think bacon chips sound classy and delicious ;)

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  2. Oh geez! I have to make this... and when I serve it if someone doesn't like it I don't think we could be friends. :) Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features tomorrow and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com

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  3. It's basically a spicy non-posh fondu! I love it! I'm pinning it and will pull it out for a surprise one cold wintry date-night with hubby!

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  4. This looks like something my husband and I would looooooove! Can't wait to try one Sunday when we are watching football. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I've been looking for some new homegating foods for football season and this looks great. We'll leave off the bacon because we're one of the only families in the world that aren't fans but the rest looks ah-mazing and quite simple to make. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Christy! My hubby actually suggested leaving off the bacon too, even though he loves it, because it's such an overpowering flavor. That's why it's not mixed in, just added as a garnish. It was great without bacon, too!

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  6. Just give me a spoon Jessica, it looks wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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  7. I would love this. Thanks for the recipe. Thanks also for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  8. Yummy! Thanks for linking at my Pin Me Party!

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  9. What beer did you use? Sounds amazing!

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  10. I'm thinking fire-roasted peppers in this -- heck, why not go with some nice hatch chiles, poblanos or anaheim peppers? There's a lot of room for experimentation with this one between the peppers and all of the cheese combinations. Thank you for sharing it!!

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