Easy Pub Cheese Recipe is a spreadable, zesty, no-cook appetizer in 5 just minutes! Serve with soft pretzels, carrot or celery sticks or chips!
If you’ve been to the gourmet cheese section at your grocery store, I’m sure you’ve seen tubs of overpriced pub cheese. Usually flavored with beer or wine, the whole concept of pub cheese was developed in England by pubs that didn’t serve whole meals, but wanted something extra with their pretzels and chips that was cheap and easy. The origins of pub cheese make it laughable that it is now considered gourmet and so darn expensive.
Pub cheese gets most of its flavor from the alcohol and cheese selections, so choose wisely. Although I usually prefer to sip on a light beer, I use something with more body and flavor for cooking. If you are serving to children or pregnant woman, you can simmer the beer prior to adding to burn off alcohol or just substitute with water. Allow to cool before combining into mixture. If you prefer to not use alcohol at all, you can substitute water, but be mindful this will directly impact the flavor, so you may want to add more horseradish. Although cheddar is the standard, you can also change the flavor by using a different type of cheese, even flavored cheese like a horseradish cheddar.
Serve your pub cheese with hard or soft pretzels, chips, crackers, celery or carrot sticks or with a fresh baguette.