This is a cold dip that is delicious with crackers or pretzels. It’s also very fast and easy.
Start with room-temperature or microwaved soft cream cheese, and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of homemade ranch powder (recipe can be found here), or you can use half a packet of dried ranch powder. The homemade has less salt so you can use more of it for more flavor, without getting too salty. I also add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper for some kick (you may want to adjust this if you do not prefer spicy food. We do!) and 2 tablespoons dried chives.
Mix well until there are no lumps. Add 2 ounces of beer, I would probably go with a lighter lager or the beer flavor might be a bit much.
After the beer is mixed in, it’s going to seem very runny. Do not worry, once it’s cooled down and the powders mix in, the texture will be perfect.
Add about 4 ounces (1 cup) shredded cheddar cheese. I prefer it finely shredded.
Mix it up well
Chill for at least an hour or overnight. Serve with crackers or pretzels.
Recipe (can be doubled for a party!)
8 oz cream cheese
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
2 to 3 Tablespoons ranch powder (or 1/2 packet ranch)
2 Tablespoons dried chives
2 ounces beer
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)