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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Warm Bacon Ale Cheese Dip

Onions, bacon, beer and cheese make this dish irresistible.
Perfect for football watching and big parties!

warm bacon ale cheese dip (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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You know what's fun?

Being a homeowner.

I spent one day last week completely without water as we had all of our pipes replaced in our crawl space, due to frequent leaks.  That was fun.  Gas station bathrooms are fun.  With a toddler who likes to announce things.  Lots of fun my friends.

I also love how us Americans have to live with a television {me included} as it is where we catch all our news, favorite shows and reality drama.  So when this mama goes to turn it on one night after dinner because all I want to do is zone out and all I get is a black screen....UGH.

Thankfully Black Friday deals are rampant right now so a new T.V. is in order.  They say things come in threes.  Let's hope they are wrong.

warm bacon ale cheese dip (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

But, you know what?  Give me a good cheese dip and I forget all our household issues.  Trust me when I say I am not above the classic Velveeta + Rotel cheese dip.  I'm pretty sure my mom made that dip famous.  But, I do like to change things up a bit when I can, because I'm a food blogger and I rarely make the same thing twice.

Also, in no particular order I also love these things {stay with me here}.

1.  Beer.

2.  Airport people watching.

3.  Leggings + a good book + a cappuccino.

4.  Yellow cake with chocolate frosting.

5.  The first snowfall of the year {still waiting}.

6.  Bacon.

When I was brainstorming recipes and what I love, number one and number 6 kept coming up in my brain.  How could I combine the two?  And then it clicked, use the beer as the liquid in the dip, melt in my favorite cheese, add bacon, saute onion in the bacon grease {hallelujah} and gobble it up with tortilla chips.

Bless this dip.

warm bacon ale cheese dip (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This dip is thin {not on the hips, but in consistency, just to clarify}, salty from the bacon, rich from the dark beer and a helluva good lunch when you're lazy and have no time.

I'm not the only one who eats chips and dips for lunch am I?


And let me just be clear on something.  Thanksgiving is this week and we all have turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie on the brain.  That's fine. No worries.  But what happens on Friday?  When we are football watching and shopping and not wanting a leftover turkey sandwich?

We eat dip people.

Put this on the menu for SOMETIME during the weekend, because I will bet you a dollar that from Friday to Sunday at some point you grab snacks and need to feed a crowd and no one will be interested in another big meal.

Warm Bacon Ale Cheese Dip

1/2 lb. bacon, diced
1 small onion, finely diced
1 T. dijon mustard
12 oz. dark beer {I used Fat Tire}
8 oz. cream cheese
2 c. pepper jack cheese, shredded {I used Cabot Cheese}
10-15 dashes of hot sauce

1.  In a large, deep skillet cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp.  Remove the bacon and set aside, but leave the drippings.
2.  Cook the diced onion in the bacon drippings until translucent and tender.  Stir in the mustard.
3.  Pour in the beer and bring it to a boil.
4.  Bring the heat down to low and add in the cream cheese, whisking until melted.
5.  Whisk in the pepper jack cheese and combine.  Add the bacon back in.
6.  Serve warm with tortilla chips.

warm bacon ale cheese dip (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Need more dip inspiration?

Well, you've come to the right place.  Feed your crowds with some of these favorites.

And stay tuned, guess what is coming!

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