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Beer Cheese in a Bread Bowl Recipe
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Beer Cheese in a Bread Bowl Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 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

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.


  1. Cut top fourth off loaf of bread; carefully hollow out bottom, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Cube removed bread; set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Fill bread shell with cheese dip. Serve with reserved bread cubes. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Beer Cheese in a Bread Bowl in Simple & Delicious July/August 2008, p57

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Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"A hit with the guys! Love that there very few dishes! Easy to keep most of the stuff on hand. Of course, I have a teenage boy so we had to up the bacon"

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"great taste."

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"What a great new twist on the sourdough bread bowl - I did add some onion to the mix before cooking - but it was awesome and a lot of good comments because of the bread"

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"Only needs 1 jar of cheese as it was too strong tasting."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"Didn't have bacon. Added ground red pepper (1/8 tsp) and garlic powder (1/4 tsp)."

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