There are lots of occasions when having a great appetizer recipe is critical. But really, for our snack lovin’ family, we don’t even need a special occasion. And when you serve a dip with cheese, bacon and beer in it to a house full of men, you instantly become “the” best Mom ever!
I have a confession to make…I’m a magazine addict…yes that’s right, I had stacks and stacks of magazines, which have now become boxes and boxes filled with magazines. The good thing though – recipes like this Baby Swiss, Bacon and Beer Dip came from one of those magazines in my stack. One of my favorites…Celebrate Magazine. It’s full of ideas and recipes to help you create and decorate!
We served this dip along with crackers and yes, strips of bacon for dipping. My oldest was in heaven!
Besides being delicious, the dip was a snap to put together. It actually took longer to shred the cheese than cook it on the stove. We decided to use Baby Swiss, but you can certainly use regular Swiss cheese. We just bought a chunk in the deli at Walmart. Then the trick is to add the cheese in small amounts and whisk until completely smooth, it doesn’t take long though.
The other trick to the recipe is to use a medium bodied beer. I would have liked to use a less expensive beer, but Doug insisted that you just can’t get the flavor you need with a regular can of beer. But in reality, you don’t use very much in the recipe, only 1 cup, so it’s not that bad.
- 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup medium bodied beer like a Boston Lager
- ½ pound (2 cups) Baby Swiss or Swiss Cheese, shredded
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees, place a metal rack on top of a cookie sheet and spray lightly with cooking spray
- Add bacon to rack and cook for about 15 minutes or until crispy
- Shred cheese and set aside
- In a medium saucepan, whisk together cream cheese and beer over medium heat, stirring until combined and smooth, about 2 minutes
- Whisk in cheese a little at a time, cooking after each addition until smooth
- Stir in Worcestershire and Nutmeg
- Pour into serving bowl, sprinkle with crumbled bacon
- Serve immediately or keep warm in small Slow Cooker