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This Wisconsin Brat & Beer Cheese Dip is creamy, cheesy and loaded with bratwurst. It’s a hearty appetizer that’s perfect for game day entertaining!
The holidays are over, but that doesn’t mean the food and fun has to end! This brat & beer cheese dip is for all of you Wisconsin professional football fans out there – because there’s nothing better than creamy cheese paired with beer and sausage, am I right?!
This amazingly delicious dip was created by the McCormick kitchens and is part of their 50 Dips for 50 States project. McCormick took the signature flavors of each state to help you elevate your “bowl game” and help you bring your team spirit to the table. I want to try all of the dips, they look fabulous! I’m participating in a dip face-off with my friend Alyssa over at The Recipe Critic. She made a delicious Buffalo Chicken Dip to represent the New York team playing against Wisconsin – I’m sure you can all guess who I’ll be rooting for in the play offs this weekend.
Update! Last week my Wisconsin-themed dip was victorious! This week, I am going head-to-head with Alyssa from The Recipe Critic and her Texas-themed dip “Texas Trash Dip.” Pair with my dip and you’ve got two perfect appetizers for the Dallas vs. Wisconsin City game!”
This brat & beer cheese dip is made with some of Wisconsin’s finest foods – bratwurst, beer, cheddar cheese, and cheese curds. All of these flavors come together so nicely with the help of McCormick Pork Gravy. I love how simple this dip is to prepare, and it’s always a huge hit with my family and friends. I used a sharp white cheddar cheese for the base of the dip, but feel free to use a different variety of cheddar cheese if you prefer.
I like to serve this dip with everything pretzel – soft pretzel bites, pretzel chips and pretzel squares. I also put out an assortment of fresh veggies so that there are plenty of dipping options to suit everyone’s preferences. The cheese curds melted over the top just might be my favorite part of the whole thing.
Football food is some of the best kind of food, and this dip definitely doesn’t disappoint in that area. I’m making this dip for my football viewing party this weekend, and I know it’ll be the first thing to disappear!
Wisconsin Brat & Beer Cheese Dip
This Wisconsin Brat & Beer Cheese Dip is loaded with cheddar cheese, sausage and beer - perfect game day food! Recipe courtesy of McCormick.
- 1 pound bratwurst sausages casing removed
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup beer such as Miller® (headquartered in Milwaukee)
- 1 package McCormick® Pork Gravy Mix
- 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup cheese curds or shredded white Cheddar cheese
- Optional garnishes: cooked crumbled bratwurst and chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 350°. Cook and crumble sausage in large skillet on medium-high heat until browned. Drain fat. Remove from skillet. Set aside.
Melt butter in same large skillet on medium heat. Sprinkle with flour. Cook and stir 1 minute. Gradually stir in milk, beer and Gravy Mix with whisk until smooth. Stirring constantly, bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken. Gradually stir in shredded cheese until melted and smooth. Stir in cooked sausage. Spoon into 9-inch glass pie plate. Sprinkle with cheese curds.
Bake 15 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve with soft pretzel bites or pretzel chips. Garnish with crumbled sausage and parsley if desired.