Food: Make a Game Day snack (recipe)
Tribune Food Columnist
September brings my favorite time of year … football season! There are few things in life that make me happier than watching an LSU Tiger college football game on a Saturday afternoon (as an LSU alumni, saying I am slightly obsessed would be an understatement). This weekend I baked homemade pretzel bites with beer cheese, perfect for football fans across Tahoe to snack on while watching their team take the field.
Beer cheese is so flavorful and goes great with many snacks. (So don’t fret it you don’t want to make your own pretzels; just pick up some pretzel chips, toast points, wheat thins, tortilla chips or even cooked bratwurst slices!) GEAUX TIGERS!!
RACER 5 CHEESE DIP
2 tbs. butter
3 tbs. flour
½ cup milk
¾ cup Racer 5 IPA
10 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. hot sauce
1 tsp. paprika
Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for three minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk and beer, increase the heat to bring the mixture to a simmer. Add the mustard and hot sauce and cook for three to five minutes, whisking frequently, until the mixture begins to thicken.
Add the cheese in a small handful at a time while whisking. Make sure the cheese has melted completely before adding more cheese. Taste and season with salt at pepper. Add in more hot sauce if desired. Garnish with paprika and serve warm.
Chef Arica Davis is owner/operator of Yummy Fixins, Personal Chef Services and Pasta Parties. Visit http://www.yummyfixins.com or call 530-539-4504 to book your next dinner party.
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