Beer cheese is a favorite food in the central Kentucky region, and originated in Clark County (Winchester). It is eaten most often as a dip with crackers or raw vegetables (carrots, celery sticks, cauliflower), and can be found in a variety of restaurants and grocery stores in the region, most notably along the new Beer Cheese Trail in Clark County or the annual Winchester/Clark County Beer Cheese festival.
Authentic Kentucky beer cheese is a cheese spread most often made and served as an appetizer. Homemade recipes start with a base of real sharp cheddar cheese, while commercial varieties usually begin with processed cheese with a sharp cheddar flavor. To this, other fresh ingredients are added usually including garlic, horseradish, cayenne pepper, dry mustard and, of course, beer. There are several different commercial versions of the food, and many homemade varieties that range from very mild to spicy hot in flavor depending on what you add.
Try this Bourbon Beer Cheese recipe to make this tasty Kentucky food at home to share with your friends with.
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