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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)

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 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.
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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