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Bacon Ale Cheese Dip

Yields1 Serving

 ½ lb bacon slices
 1 tbsp butter
 ½ yellow onion, diced
 2 tbsp POD & BEAN® Honey Sesame Sauce
 8 oz cream cheese, softened
 12 oz dark brown ale
 6 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
 soft pretzels for dipping

Heat oven to 350° F.


Add bacon to a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté for ten minutes until just crispy and then remove and place on a sheet tray lined with foil. Allow bacon to cool and then rough chop.


In a large saucepan on medium heat, melt butter and then add the onions and cook until soft, about 3-4 minutes.


Whisk in the POD & BEAN® Honey Sesame Sauce and the ale, scraping up the bits from the bottom of the pan.


Increase the heat and bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Add the cream cheese and reduce the heat to medium. Whisk the cream cheese into the ale mixture until the cheese melts and becomes creamy. Turn off the heat.


Slowly add five cups cheddar cheese to the ale mixture, stirring until the cheese melts and is smooth.


Stir in ¾ of the bacon and save the rest to sprinkle on top.


Spray a 1 quart baking dish with cooking spray. Pour the dip into the dish and top with the remaining cheddar cheese and the rest of the crumbled bacon.


Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the dip is bubbling. Serve warm with soft pretzels.