One thing I noticed after marrying a northerner (almost 20 years ago) is that restaurants in certain northern states regularly have an item on their menu that middle American restaurants don’t.
Pub cheese. Beer cheese. Sometimes just called “cheese and crackers.”
These are all appetizers found on casual eateries, containing a crock of creamy spreadable cheese with a distinct flavor, and something crunchy to spread it on.
The rest of us are missing out.
Sure, southerners have pimento cheese, but it’s just not the same thing.
Pub cheese is completely smooth and very bold in flavor. It’s amazing spread on crackers, pita chips, even apple slices.
Once Lt. Dan introduced my to beer cheese, I had to learn how to make it right away.
Today I’m sharing my quick Irish Pub Cheese recipe made with:
- Irish cheddar
- Cream cheese
- Irish beer
- And spices
It’s the easiest recipe ever. You simply place the cheddar in a food processor and grind into small pieces. Then add the rest of the ingredients and puree until smooth.
Can Irish Pub Cheese Be Served Hot?
Irish pub cheese is wonderful served at room temperature.
Yes, it can absolutely be heated. Word of warning though, as it cools it might get a little gunky, so my advice would be to serve it in a small crockpot.
Irish Pub Cheese
Irish Pub Cheese brings together the appeal of strikingly nutty Irish cheddar and a crisp clean Irish lager.
Using a lighter Irish-style beer like Harp, as opposed to the more popular dark stouts, means you get a light airy note of beer without overpowering the cheesy goodness.
How Long Can Pub Cheese Be Stored In The Fridge?
If placed in an airtight container, this Pub Cheese Dip should last 7-10 days in the refrigerator.
Perfect For Sharing
My whole family is crazy over Irish Pub Cheese, even the kids.
In fact, I’ve made it several times this season already, for family game day parties and neighborhood cocktail hour.
It’s a great make-ahead for any gathering!
See The Recipe Card Below For How To Make Irish Pub Cheese. Enjoy!
other Irish recipes you might like:
- Pressure Cooker Corned Beef Cabbage Irish Stew
- Baileys Irish Cream Jello Shots Recipe
- Irish Cabbage and Bacon
- Irish Potato Pie
- Corned Beef Pot Pies
- Shepherd’s Pie from Simply Recipes
Irish Pub Cheese Recipe
Irish Pub Cheese Recipe - silky smooth and loaded with Irish cheddar and beer flavor. This Pub Cheese Recipe makes a fabulous snack for Saint Patrick's Day.
- 14 ounces Irish cheddar
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 cup light Irish-style beer (Harp Lager)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 teaspoon paprika
Break the cheddar into chunks and place in the food processor. Pulse to break the cheddar up into small pieces.
Add the cream cheese, beer, garlic, ground mustard, and paprika. Puree until completely smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl and puree again if needed. Serve with pita chips, bread, crackers, veggies, or apple slices.
Serving size is 1/8 cup (.125 cup)