Green Bay Packers cheese beer dip for game day

Dip the cheese on the tray

Here’s a taste of Wisconsin for you, beer and cheese, the two basic food groups
picture: Dennis Lee

Wisconsin is famous some amazing cooking contributions For America, but nobody is more beloved that it cheese Selection. Green Bay is right in cheese country, and in order to create a spreadable tribute to our northern neighbors, we’ve come up with an easy game recipe that celebrates ingredients from The Dairy State. This recipe is an abundance of classic style Hidden Valley Ranch Cheese Beerbut top it with a secret ingredient: a cold cheddar cheese spread.

cold cheese spread It is a salty cheese product that comes in small tubs, usually in the cheese section of the supermarket. It’s delicious in cheese balls (You know, the kind found in holiday appetizers is spread) or alone on some crackers. In Chicago, we like to serve it hot with french fries for dipping. Popular Midwest brands include Merkts and Kaukauna, although you can find a more affordable and no less tasty version at Aldi.

This dip is smooth, creamy and sharp and garnished with sharp shredded cheddar cheese. Scallions add a little extra bite as a functional garnish (not to mention a bit of Green Bay Packers spirit), and this dip is best served with some soft or hard pastry form, along with chilled beer.

Easy Double Cheddar Cheese Dip

  • 8 oz. Soft cream cheese at room temperature
  • 8 oz. cold pack spreadable sharp cheddar cheese, softened at room temperature (such as Merkts or Kaukauna)
  • 6 oz. Beer (such as the Pabst Blue Ribbon, a Wisconsin favorite)
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry ranch seasoning (such as Hidden Valley Ranch)
  • 8 oz. grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onion cut into small rings

Place the soft cheese and cheddar cheese in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric beater, mix the two until completely combined.

Next, slowly pour the beer into a bowl while constantly whisking the cheese mixture over low heat, until the beer is completely blended. Sprinkle the contents of the sachet of ranch sauce evenly over the dipping base (to avoid scattering of the ranch powder) and beat well until the powder is completely incorporated. The resulting mixture should have a smooth and spreadable consistency.

Using a spoon, fold in half of the shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces) and half of the chopped green onion (1/8 cup). Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl. Top the sauce with the remaining grated cheese and green onions. Put it in the fridge for at least two hours before serving. Serve with pretzels or crackers with your favorite Wisconsin beer.

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