This has been popular in my family for decades. The old way my father made it was to grind the cheese in a meat grinder, then beat the mixture in the electric mixer, which was time consuming. I've experimented and developed a quicker way to make it with a food processor. Just make sure you have one with a strong motor. The spread keeps for at least a couple of weeks in the fridge. Before serving, it is better to let it come to room temperature. Serve with crackers as an appetizer. Can be warmed in the microwave for Welsh rarebit as well.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
4 cups
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the mild and sharp Cheddar cheese, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, garlic, hot pepper sauce, and salt into a food processor; pulse a few times to finely chop ingredients. Slowly pour beer into the cheese mixture as the processor is running to make a smooth spread, about 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl, chill, and serve. The spread will firm up when chilled; if too stiff, mix in more beer, a teaspoon at a time, to desired consistency.

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Cook's Note:

The reason for letting the beer go flat first (as I learned the hard way) is that it will foam up out of the machine if you don't!

Nutrition Facts

192 calories; protein 11.4g; carbohydrates 1.7g; fat 15.1g; cholesterol 47.7mg; sodium 425.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
06/10/2012
Love it! Thanx for the recipe - it's easy and very tasty and a variety of add-ons can be used to get a completely new spread: dried tomatoes or crushed smoked almonds or some finely cut basil. Too many varieties to mention. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/10/2012
Love it! Thanx for the recipe - it's easy and very tasty and a variety of add-ons can be used to get a completely new spread: dried tomatoes or crushed smoked almonds or some finely cut basil. Too many varieties to mention. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/20/2018
This is really good, and it gets better if it has time to mellow and blend, overnight at least and day 2 even better still. I had a lot left over and used it to make broccoli cheese soup -- Oh YES! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2013
I had to halve the recipe to fit in my processor. Best recipe I've tried! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2016
This is really good stuff. I added some jerk seasoning and black pepper instead of Tabasco and I liked that really well. Just a heads up: if you have a smaller food processor this is going to take a while even if you half the recipe. Either be very patient or go with a different recipe. Even doing it in sixths it was very slow going. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2015
Very good! Exactly as beer cheese should be! I halved the recipe and it still made plenty for a crowd. In an effort to use up leftover cheeses from various holiday recipes I used a little over half cheddar and the balance was mozzarella and fontina. I used a decent pale ale for the beer. It was so good that I plan to make this again with all cheddar as the recipe states. It goes great with buttery (slightly sweet) crackers (like Ritz). Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2016
Love this recipe. It has just enough sharpness although I guess that could change based on the cheese. The first time I made it is just used a mixer and would agree that the texture was off. The second time I used the mixer then transfered small amounts to my food processor (it is only 2 cups 3 at best). Then mixed the processed cheese again to make sure it would all be the same. Much better good enough to give as gifts. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2014
Really very tasty just as described. Was a touch salty to me so I'll probably dial the salt back a touch since there's salt in the Worcestershire and the hot sauce. I had used a decent amount of hot sauce as well. Read More
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