Posted in Appetizers, Easy, Side Dishes, Vegetables

Hot – Beer and Cheese Dip


Hot – Beer & Cheese Dip

Serves 8

Preheat oven 375o

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Estimated Values per Serving (dip only):

Calories: 72                           Fat: 4 grams                         

Ingredients:

4 ounces low fat cream cheese – room temperature

4 ounces fat free cream cheese – room temperature

¼ cup fat free sour cream

1/3 cup stout beer

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup low fat grated cheddar cheese

1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix

Carrot sticks, celery sticks and/or pretzels

Directions:

  1. Beat together cream cheeses, sour cream, beer, Worcestershire sauce, cheddar cheese and ranch mix at medium speed. 
  2. Spray oven safe bowl with cooking spray and scoop dip into bowl.
  3. Bake 15 – 20 minutes until melted and bubby.
  4. Serve warm.
Posted in Cheesecake, Dessert

Delicious Dessert for a crowd…


Chocolate Ginness Cheesecake Cupcakes

Tomorrow night I am going to a friend’s birthday party.  I am not sure how many people will be attending but I do know that this is sure to be a fun beer guzzling crew having a rockin’ good time.  So I thought this dessert would go well with the beer and atmosphere.

Enjoy your dessert.

Chocolate Guinness Cheesecake Cupcakes

Servings 36 cupcakes

Prep time: 15 minutes

Bake time: 30 minutes

Refrigeration time: overnight

Estimated Values per cupcake:

Calories = 200                                              Fat =  6 grams

Preheat oven 325o

Ingredients:

2 cups crushed pretzels

3 tablespoons + 1 ¼ cups sugar

¼ cup low calorie butter spread, melted

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

¾ cup Guinness draft beer, left open to become flat

2 packages (8 ounces each) low fat cream cheese, softened

2 packages (8 ounces each) fat free cream cheese, softened

1 cup egg substitute

2 eggs

½ cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder

3 tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Position 2 oven racks in center and lower third of oven.  Place a roasting pan on the lower rack and fill halfway with water.  Fill 3 12-cup muffin pans with paper cupcake liners and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine pretzel crumbs and 3 tablespoons sugar then stir in butter spread.  Press crumb mixture on bottom of 36 cupcake cups.
  3. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high in 15 second intervals until melted.  Stir in Guinness and let stand.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheeses and 1 ¼ cup sugar on high speed until fluffy, for about 3 – 4 minutes.  Beat in egg substitute slowly then eggs, one at a time.  Stir in Guinness mixture, cocoa, flour and vanilla into batter until blended.  Separate evenly among cupcake cups.
  5. Bake cheesecake cupcakes on the on center rack for 30 minutes the batter no longer giggles and is slightly cracked on top.  Turn off oven and let stand in oven with door closed for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and let rest for 1 hour.
  7. Refrigerate for 1additional hour.

Chocolate Guinness Ganache

Ingredients:

1 cup Guinness draft, left open to become flat

18 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, heat Guinness until it comes to a boil.
  2. When the beer has come to a boil, pour oven chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  3. Pour ganache over cheesecake cupcakes and refrigerate overnight.