If there’s one appetizer dip you’re going to want to bring to a party, it’s this hot cheesy bacon and beer dip. Spiked with the sweetness of maple syrup and smoky bacon, it’s made for a crowd and quite possibly the best hot dip ever.
I recently made this Cheese, Bacon and Beer dip for election night. Growing up with a father who was a professor of Political Science meant Federal Election night was a big deal in our house. As the polling stations closed, we’d gather around the TV and watch the voting results roll in from east to west across Canada. For us, it was more exciting than watching the Academy Awards!
Hot Cheesy Bacon Dip Recipe
This creamy dip spiked with the sweetness of maple syrup and smoky bacon is delicious and is guaranteed to be super popular with your guests. It’s great with pretzels, bread cubes, crackers and veggies at a holiday party, game day or gathering with friends or family.
A Splash of Beer in Your Cheesy Bacon Dip
Although this recipe calls for Old Tomorrow beer, you can use any beer you like – preferably an ale or a lager. Old Tomorrow is a Canadian Pale Ale with a velvety smooth body and a crisp finish. It’s got a bitterness rating of 18 IBU’s ( International Bitterness Units) which means it isn’t as hoppy as many of the new IPAs, but it’s got plenty of full flavour that holds up well with spicy foods, strong cheeses and BBQ meats.
I love cooking with beer (check out my recipe for Brie, Basil and Salami on Beer Pizza Dough) and Old Tomorrow Canadian Pale Ale provides just the right subtle biscuity bitterness, offset by the sweetness of the maple syrup and aromatic ginger spice, to make this the best dip recipe ever.
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This delectable dip oozes cheesy flavours with a hint of sweetness. The smooth silky texture is ideal for dipping – bread, firm chips, veggies, even Fall fruits like sliced apples and pears.
- 1 ½ cups Old Tomorrow Canadian Pale Ale or beer of your choice
- 2-3 white onions about 2 cups – diced into small pieces
- 2 cups white mushrooms dice
- 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 3 cups skim mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 cup light cream cheese cut into small cubes for easier melting
- chives chopped
- 2-3 Tablespoons maple syrup according to taste preference
- 1 Tablespoons flour
- salt & pepper to taste
- 8 slices cooked crisp bacon – cut into small bits (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon horseradish optional
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger powdered spice
- dash cayenne pepper optional
Place the diced sweet onions in a heavy skillet with 2-3 teaspoons of olive oil. Stir together to coat onions and cook covered for about 15 minutes. Onions should be browned and soft and start to carmelize. (You can add a teaspoon of sugar to add sweetness to the onions.)
Add the mushrooms until they soften.
Separately, mix the Old Tomorrow Canadian Pale Ale and flour and whisk to remove lumps. Add to the mixture in the skillet above.
Then slowly add the cream cheese cubes and stir so that they melt into the mixture; then add the sharp Cheddar cheese until melted, followed by the Mozzarella cheese until it melts.
Stir the maple syrup into the mixture so that evenly distributed. Fold in the bacon pieces, horseradish (optional, ginger and dash of cayenne pepper (optional) along with salt & pepper to taste. Top with chopped chives.
Serve immediately as a hot dip with plain crackers, pita bread, crusty breads, sliced apples or other vegetables. Dip can be made ahead and reheated in a 350 oven for 15 minutes. Stir before serving and then top with chopped chives.