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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 optional garnish. —Julie Koch, Delaware, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    20 servings (2-1/2 cups dip)


  • 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 bacon bits


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 147 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 506mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • katlaydee3
    Mar 8, 2020

    Excellent! Loved this recipe, and it only took a few minutes.

  • Dawn
    Oct 1, 2019

    I used a round Ukranian loaf and non-alcoholic beer. I used 2 jars of Old English Sharp Cheese Spread! This was a delicious recipe!

  • aug2295
    Oct 2, 2016

    Looked really special and tasted pretty good. We added pretzels nuggets for dipping.

  • Cupcake_k9
    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

  • duckbut
    Jan 25, 2014

    great taste.

  • Bonito
    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

  • mkaskela
    Aug 11, 2013

    No comment left

  • Bugenhagen
    Jan 13, 2013

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

  • Brenda2772
    Jan 1, 2013

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

  • jennmartin
    Oct 21, 2012

    No comment left