First of all, I’ve been craving CRAVING beer. Obviously I can’t drink it, but I found a cheesy substitute that gives me enough beer flavor to keep me satisfied for at least 3 days. Maybe 4.
From Tasty Kitchen (The one, the only: Pioneer Woman’s Cooking website – love it!)
- 1 loaf French Bread, Cubed
- ¼ cups Chopped Onion
- 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 1 cup Beer Or Nonalcoholic Beer
- 4 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Tablespoon All-purpose Flour
- 4 Tablespoons Half-and-Half Cream, Divided
Place bread cubes in a single layer in an ungreased 15-in x 10-in x 1-in pan. Bake at 450F for 5-7 minutes or until lightly crisp, stirring twice.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, saute onion and garlic in butter until tender. Stir in beer. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low.
Toss cheese and flour; stir into saucepan until melted. Stir in 2 tbsp. half and half.
Transfer to a small ceramic fondue pot or slow cooker; keep warm.
Add additional half and half if fondue thickens. Served with toasted bread crumbs. Yield: 3 cups.
Nom nom nom nom. (that’s me eating a lot of melty cheese)
**NOTE: I boiled the beer a little bit longer than probably needed just to be sure I cooked off the alcohol… but I’m sure it’s not a big deal! I’m not drinking the cheese… or am I?… **