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Cheddar Beer Dip with Smoked Sausage

Total Time: 1 hr

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Makes: 6 to 8 servings

This tangy dip, studded with nuggets of smoked sausage, is terrific as a dip with chunks of bread, tortilla chips, pretzels, or sturdy crackers. The darker the beer you use, the stronger the flavor will be. You can serve it in a bread round or in an ovenproof baking dish. I don’t recommend freezing this, as the amount of beer in the dip doesn’t allow it to totally freeze, and it separates when reheated.

Instructions

Make It Now:

  1. 1Coat the inside of a 1-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. 2Melt the butter in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, and sauté for 2 minutes, until the onion begins to soften. Add the sausage and cook until it is no longer pink in color and is cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain off any fat from the sausage.
  3. 3Add the mustard, cream cheese, and beer, stirring until the cream cheese is melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the Cheddar cheese, a handful at a time, until it is all incorporated. Add the Tabasco sauce, transfer to the baking dish, and let cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Bake It Later:

  1. 1Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bring the Cheddar dip to room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  2. 2Bake the dip for 20 to 25 minutes, until bubbly. Serve warm.

Adapted from You’ve Got It Made, by Diane Phillips. © 2008, used by permission from the Harvard Common Press.

This recipe, while from a trusted source, may not have been tested by the CHOW food team.

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