Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Gorgonzola Ale Dip

Recipe from and Husband-Tested in Debbie’s Kitchen

Our friends Debbie and Bob recently came back from a trip to Michigan where they enjoyed a fabulous appetizer dip at a restaurant there made with gorgonzola cheese, cherries, pecans and pale ale (type of beer.) I did a little online research for the recipe for Debbie and found one that had those same ingredients. I sent the recipe to Debbie and she gave it a try for a small dinner party she had for us on a lovely summer evening. We all agreed that this was definitely a keeper. The original recipe had a note about halving the ingredients to make a smaller version, but we all thought that this would be a big mistake! Make the recipe as is because it’s going to go fast at your next party and everyone will ask you for the recipe! You can get pale ale in the beer and wine section of Lost River Market & Deli. The pecans can be found in the bulk section. Debbie served this with Lavash. It can be found at the end of aisle one in the refrigerated section of the store. She baked the Lavash in the oven for a few minutes until crisp and broke them into serving size pieces for us. However, Lost River Market & Deli has a nice variety of crackers from which to choose.  If you have any beer left, try making Beer Bread.

¾ lb softened cream cheese
½ lb softened gorgonzola cheese
¼ cup Berghoff Pale Ale or other Pale Ale
½ cup pecan pieces
¼ cup fresh cherries, pitted and chopped or dried cherries, chopped

Bring cream cheese & gorgonzola to room temperature. Place in mixer & blend with paddle attachment until smooth. Add pale ale; blend until smooth. Add pecan pieces to cheese mixture. Finish mixture with rough chopped cherries. Bake in shallow dish at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, uncovered, until brown at edges.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this recipe! We've enjoyed this dip at Phil's in Saugatuck, Michigan, many times. I had, however, not been able to find a recipe with the right ratios. Great cherries can be found at - Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor, Michigan.