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Kentucky Beer Cheese from My Old Kentucky Dinner Train

Before you Begin: You’ll need, grater, electric mixer (this is easier to make in a standing mixer with a paddle attachment rather than with a hand-held mixer) large mixing bowl

Prep: 10 minutes (plus 6-12 hours to induce stale beer), 6-12hours to blend, and 1 hour to come to room temperature before serving.

Yield: 12 servings

1 lb. sharp cheddar cheese                                    1 tsp. onion powder

˝ lb. cream cheese                                                1 tsp. Tabasco sauce, more if desired

1 tsp. garlic powder                                               12 oz. stale beer (see note)

Note: to make beer stale, open and let sit out overnight, or pour into a shallow container and let sit for a couple of hours.

Grate cheddar cheese cold, and then let both cheeses warm to soften. Place seasoning ingredients and ˝ of the beer in a mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer set on Mix. Add cheeses and continue to mix until well blended. Add sufficient remaining beer to get a smooth consistency. Pack mixture into a serving bowl and cover tightly, Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight, until hard. Before serving, allow to come to room temperature. Serve accompanied by celery and carrot sticks and crackers.

When I make this I use aged New York sharp cheddar cheese, and always double the recipe, it goes very fast at a party, and is always a big hit.