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Beer Cheese in a Bread Bowl

 Beer Cheese in a Bread Bowl
My entire family loves this cheese dip. I often get requests to bring it to gatherings with friends. Chopped scallions make a pretty garnish. —Julie Koch, Delaware, Ohio
20 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 round loaf (1 pound) pumpernickel bread
  • 2 jars (5 ounces each) sharp American cheese spread
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1/2 cup real bacon bits

Directions

  • Cut top fourth off loaf of bread; carefully hollow out bottom,
  • leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Cube removed bread; set aside.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine cheese spread and cream cheese.
  • Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes, stirring every 30
  • seconds. Stir in beer. Microwave, uncovered, 20 seconds longer. Stir
  • in bacon.
  • Fill bread shell with cheese dip. Serve with reserved bread cubes.
  • Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 2 tablespoons dip with 1/4 cup bread cubes equals 147 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 506 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.