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Fall is in the air

Fall is such a great time of year to enjoy your friends, food, and fun.


As the leaves change, the days get shorter, and the nights colder, the food we eat tends to get warmer and heartier. Try this beer cheese dip at your next gathering.


Beer cheese sauce is a wonderful accompaniment for fresh soft pretzels. You could also use it as a great topping for broccoli and cauliflower, or just for dipping bread in. Start by picking up a few of your favorite beers. I would stay away from anything very hops forward. I personally recommend a Czech style pilsner.


Ingredients:

- 2 ½ tbsp butter

- 1 garlic clove

- 1 full bottle of beer

- 3 tbsp flour

- 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper

- 2 tsp seasoning salt

- 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

- 1 tsp crushed red chili flakes


Directions:


In a medium sauce pot, melt the butter with the crushed garlic clove, cracked pepper, and chili flakes. Once the butter is fully melted cook for 2 minutes over medium low heat. Add flour and whisk until completely incorporated into the butter. While whisking, slowly pour the beer into your flour and butter mixture. Bring to a slow simmer and add cheese a half cup at a time. Whisk until cheese is fully dissolved after each addition. If the sauce gets too thick you can add a little more beer, ¼ cup at a time, until the desired thickness is reached.


Be sure to taste and re-season if necessary. For an additional kick, add a few splashes of your favorite hot sauce.


Pretzels and beer cheese

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