Monday Night Football is all about getting together with a friends. We rotate houses each week, with the host providing a light meal for the group, and the rest of us occasionally bringing a snack or side dish. It is all quite informal, and it always works out perfectly without a lot of planning. When the game is worth watching, not like last night, we watch and chat. When the game has no glory, we just chat and catch up with each other and share a few laughs. We also have a simple little pool set up … just a few bucks involved, just choose the winner for each game, no spread involved. This provides fodder for a bit of trash talking each week. Either way, “our” team wins.
When deciding which little snack to bring yesterday, the thought of tailgating types of food brought to mind: beer and pretzels. Yum! And what could be better than beer and pretzels? Well, just add some cream cheese (that always helps!), ranch (for that slightly trashy aspect of the game), and cheddar cheese (it is a dip, you know) and you have the best darned pretzel dip ever! Mind you, there is nothing local, nothing fresh, and nothing healthy at all in this post. But, if you had seen my friends’ eyes open wide and a smile light up their faces when I walked in with a bowl of dip and bag of pretzels to our gathering last night, you’d know this just begged to be shared!
2 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
8 oz grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 pkg dry ranch mix
6 oz beer
Mix well and chill for at least 60 minutes. Serve with pretzels.
* I’ve whipped this up successfully with low fat cream cheese and cheddar with good results.
* Since a bottle of beer is more than 6 ounces, you’ll have to figure out what to do with the rest on your own!
* If you like a nice winter beer, do give this Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale a try.