Soft pretzels dipped in a spicy cheese sauce laced with beer must be the dream appetizer for watching sports. The bread is deliciously chewy and the sauce is OMG amazing! So delicious I wanted to eat it with a spoon.
I made this recipe for a group back in the days when we food bloggers did those things: decided on a topic and we all posted different recipes the same day with a hashtag.
Many of those recipes are still in this blog because they are so darn amazing. One of my favorites by far is this fondue-like cheese sauce. It takes minutes to make and can be used not only for dipping soft pretzels but also for appetizer hot dogs or even the whole pig in a blanket.
The pretzel recipe comes from Heather of Girlichef and they are fantastic. The original recipe can be found in her blog.
I made them years ago, but I know they can be a handful and they need a whole super detailed post. So buy them at your favorite bakery and you're set to go.
This dipping sauce comes together in no time.
It's just a matter of opening a beer, grating some cheese, heating it all up, and not much more. If you buy already grated cheese it's even easier.
I'm telling you, you're minutes away from one of the best and easiest cheese sauces ever.
Other recipes you might like:
Leftover Ham and Cheese Quiche
The Best Cheese Scones
Parmesan Chive Scones
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Spicy Beer Cheese Sauce
The best cheese sauce ever for pretzels!
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 1 cup
- Soft pretzels (find recipe here)
For the sauce:
- ½ cup beer (I used Stella Artois)
- 2 Tbs sour cream
- 2 teaspoons minced pickled jalapeños
- 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese (loosely packed)
- 1 garlic clove (peeled and cut in half)
- Salt and black pepper
- Heat beer in small saucepan.
- When it starts to bubble, add rest of ingredients and whisk until well combined.
- Let boil for 1 minute and serve with warm pretzels.
You can use the sauce with bread or store-bought pretzels.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 10
- Category: Appetizers
- Method: Cooking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: pretzels and cheese sauce
Heather Lynne says
I'm such a fan of the soft pretzel. I've had this recipe pinned but I've yet to make the spicy beer cheese. I need to get on it!
Hi Paula, just come across your bog and I'm loving your simple twists on classics. This pretzel and beer sauce looking divine in these cold winter months.
german in pdx says
Yes, I will definitively be at a party where there are pretzels and beer sauce :). Both look fantastic - and the pretzels are gorgeous ~ Bea
Love these soft pretzels, they look delicious. I think it taste great enough even without dipping sauce too! Thank you Paula for sharing this recipe with us again, I guess I have missed it earlier by Heather.
Nancy @ gottagetbaked says
I love that you called this week's Sunday Supper recipe offerings a "greatest hits" list. So awesome. And you don't give yourself enough credit - these pretzels look absolutely perfect. Exactly how I want my pretzels to look. I bet they tasted just as good too. Pretzels are on my bucket list - I'm pretty intimidated. But now that both you and Heather have made these, I'm feeling inspired to follow in your culinary footsteps. And hells yeah to the beer cheese sauce!
Jennie @themessybakerblog says
Count me in. These pretzels look too darn good to pass up. Yum!
Kristina @ spabettie says
YES PLEASE I want to attend this birthday! I love a good soft pretzel, Heather has a great recipe, and ... that spicy cheese? perfect!