Bavarian Cheese Spread Recipe

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Primarily used as a dip, this creamy Bavarian cheese spread is particularly wonderful with hot soft pretzels or as a topping for burgers and sandwiches. With its spicy hop flavor and balance of malt, a Helles lager is a quaffable complement. This recipe yields a lot of dip and is sure to be a hit at your next party.

Reprinted with permission from The American Craft Beer Cookbook

Bavarian Cheese Spread Recipe
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  • 6 small shallots
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) salted butter
  • 2 pounds brie
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground caraway seed
  1. Pulse the shallots in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade attachment until finely ground. With the motor running, slowly add the cream cheese and milk and process until blended.
  2. With the motor running, slowly add the butter and Brie to the food processor and blend until the mixture is smooth. Add the paprika, cayenne and caraway seeds, and blend until fully incorporated.
  3. Transfer the dip to a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight to thicken. Serve cold. The dip keeps for up to 5 days covered and refrigerated.
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