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Beer Cheese in a Bread Bowl Recipe

Beer Cheese in a Bread Bowl Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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: 20 servings (2-1/2 cups dip).
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional 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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aug2295 User ID: 4631582 254935
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2016

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

Cupcake_k9 User ID: 7172020 66292
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"

duckbut User ID: 4457369 160483
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"great taste."

Bonito User ID: 1630276 166958
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"

Bugenhagen User ID: 119735 114943
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

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

Brenda2772 User ID: 2165447 160702
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

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

Kelly3jb User ID: 6418023 145278
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"This was deeelicious! I added a little minced garlic and fried my own bacon. The beer really gives it a wonderful flavor. Will definitely make again."

cody8381 User ID: 5789328 161331
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"Very easy to make, good flavor, went over really well at Super Bowl party - especially with the guys who liked the "beer" appeal!"

sweepsnut3000 User ID: 1931014 114942
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"I think this is the recipe that was such a hit when I made it before. I usually can't stand fake cheese, but in this recipe, it works. My only complaint is that the jarred cheese called for is a tad bit pricey, so I can't make it very often. Still, I would definitely make it again!"

aserrin User ID: 4493602 92502
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"Reviews are written after the recipe has been tested. If a category is noted, the recipe should conform to that category and should be considered when reviewing. This recipe says it is "quick" and yes it is that. It is also very flavorful. I loved it and will make it again when we have Football Parties"

debi0223 User ID: 393564 161329
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

"People it isn't like you are going to pick up the bread bowl and drink the beer cheese!  Get a life!  I put cut off the top of the bread to make a bowl and pull out some from the bottome - but cutting up another loaf of bread gives enough cubes to use for a party !  I never bring any of this home - goes like crazy at super bowl parties!


druid102 User ID: 6037820 145209
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"Loved this ..easy, quick. "

Regi M User ID: 4585753 145207
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"Love the recipe and its adaptability! For nojoro if you're worried about the alcohol in the beer use non-alcoholic beer. The beer is integral to the flavour of the recipe."

debi0223 User ID: 393564 161328
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"I have been making this recipe for over 20 yrs.! I don't microwave anything. Have cream cheese at room temp, 1 jar of cheese whiz and minced garlic. I always use low fat cream cheese. Combine cream cheese, cheese and garlic using electric mixer. The beer is to thin it out. I don't measure the beer, just add to the consistency I want. Great for parties. Fun to use another loaf of different bread to cube."

grammadi323 User ID: 4618440 160482
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"lots of ways to play with this one to "make it your own"...easy as is..."

Emmy25 User ID: 5845089 114941
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"We love beer cheese soups, dips and this one is just as delicious. For those that want to argue on nutrition, find appropriate recipes for your desired nutritional benefits or health issues. As far as the recipe and taste, for those that are interested in the actual quality of this recipe, it was great. I did add some chopped green onion and I actually used a Hawaiian bread bowl...."

nojoro User ID: 3435016 145206
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"Is their a substiture I could use for the beer?"

Toni51 User ID: 3872187 99377
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"To me, I would have preferred real shredded cheddar rather than the jarred cheese spread ... but there is no question that this is quick."

berrydenise User ID: 5639793 73843
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"I wouldn't make this recipe for health reasons. "

JudiBlueEyes User ID: 5653350 93748
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"ways add a tsp. of horseradish."

Maidy08 User ID: 5820370 99376
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"My mum used to make this whenever she would have company. There would literally be nothing left by the end of the day. Take away the bacon bits, add a bit of garlic powder, and you will have her recipe. Good stuff!"

testprofile User ID: 5526721 160481
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"Interesting one"

kcgardener User ID: 4018476 93242
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"After tasting a bit I added garlic powder and about 1 teasp dill. I think next time I will try maybe some chopped chili peppers and maybe some minced onion.... I thought it was easy and good a recipe you can play with to suit your own taste!!!"

mandyre User ID: 4281230 92500
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010

"So easy and delish. This was very quick to prepare and my family loved it. I wasn't able to find pumpernickel, so I used a sour dough round and served it with pretzels for dipping. It went quickly and got great reviews. This will stay on my rotation for easy entertaining."

martagd User ID: 1604816 160480
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2009

"I have made this dip a couple of times and always get compliments. I serve it with pretzels and the bread."

[email protected] User ID: 193450 114940
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2008

"This was enjoyed by all, but I thought it needed something - it was too bland for me. I'd add green onions or some cayenne pepper next time just to punch it up a bit."

maggie2375 User ID: 1836691 160700
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2008

"My sister made this recipe a few weeks ago and it was really good. If you like cheesy dips and a fast dip to make, try this one."

kitchebmom User ID: 2039377 114930
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2008

"I made this & my family loved it. I added real bacon & garlic powder, plus some fresh chopped basil. Will make this for the holdays & sprinkle paprika on top for color.


libralene User ID: 2088292 208334
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2008

"after adding bacon bits, try adding a 1/2 oz package of Ranch dressing mix a little at a time until desired tase is achieved."

nanf User ID: 885271 160477
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2008

"Add some garlic powder instead of the bacon bits"

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