Last year Applebee’s came out with their Brew Pub Pretzels with Beer Cheese. I tried one bite and was immediately hooked. Honestly, my friends and I will order carside to go at midnight just so I can bring those delicious treats home with me. I knew I needed to figure out how to make my own before I drain my bank account (Ha! But seriously…) so, with Manda’s help, I finally did!
-3 tbsp butter
-3 tbsp flour
-1 cup beer (Blue Moon)
-½ cup milk
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-½ tsp dry mustard
-¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
-1 ½ cups colby jack cheese, shredded
-1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
-¼ tsp cayenne pepper, optional
-salt & pepper to taste
In a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk to combine, cooking about one minute until smooth. Gradually add in beer and milk, whisking constantly. Add garlic, dry mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir frequently until thickened, about 5-10 minutes. The sauce should begin to coat the back of the spoon. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Add cayenne pepper and salt & pepper to taste.
Go make yourself a batch or two!
Here is the recipe for the pretzels and the spicy cheese that we based the beer cheese off of.