Earl’s Famous Beer Cheese
Chef B here to share a dish with you that’s near and dear to my heart: Earl’s beer cheese.
There’s a local bar called Earl’s near the Mount Sinai Hospital, where everyone who works at the hospital goes to. It’s one of those secret local gems that’s not a tourist trap on trip advisor, and you absolutely have to check out if you’re in the area.
I take everyone that visits me in New York City to this place because the food is simply amazing.
I tell them “THIS FOOD WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!” (All will agree with my boast after I show them the glory of beer cheese.)Earl’s Beer cheese appetizer is a delightful blend of cheese dip and buttered bread and one of my favorite dishes there.I wanted to make beer cheese for a long time, but figured the recipe would never be online. Then I found a version on Bites Out of Life, and I knew it had to be legit because they talked about how awesome Earl’s is the way a local NYC knows it. We hosted a White Elephant Christmas party, and I was too afraid to experiment on friends, but Natalie has no such qualms and told me to make it anyway, we needed a dish.
It was a home run! This beer cheese is great for parties and get togethers. Without further ado, I present to you my Gentleman’s rendition of Earl’s Beer Cheese.This will change your life!
Earl’s Famous Beer Cheese
8 ounces beer (we used lager because that’s what we had)
16 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
2-4 garlic cloves, minced finely
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon Siracha sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
a pinch of cayenne pepper
2 loaves fresh baguettes
*Alternately, if those are too hard to find, you can use an IPA, though shy away from anything too hoppy
Pour the beer into a glass and let go flat.
Mix all of the ingredients except beer in a food processor and blend. Add the beer in slowly, and blend intermittently until everything is smooth. Store in fridge until ready to serve. The cheese will firm up in the fridge, so heat over stove top on low.
Cut your baguettes into slices. Drizzle with olive oil generously and toast until golden. Serve with your beer cheese and enjoy! This dish will improve after 1-2 days as the flavor melds together.
Haha I'm glad this finally made it to the food blog – you took me here so many times over the past three years!
It's a Mt Sinai staple so of course!
Beer cheese is amazing when done right! And another cool thing about it is that you can experiment with different types of beer for an often tantalizing taste experience. You used lager this time, try the same recipe with India Pale Ale next time, for a delightful taste sensation.
Oh that's a great suggestion, I'll try it next time! 🙂
I am from New York and so sad that I did not check it out last time I was there. The recipe sounds decadently delicious.
Ohwow I haven't heard of such a cheese before, so it's definitely something new to me. Looks delicious!
Thanks for sharing this.