Naturally, I saw this on Pinterest, and it seems like every food blogger and their mother has stuck to the same recipe. I wanted a little more funk, a little more spunk, a little more beer!
The type of beer that this recipe calls for is sometimes hard to find. Rest assured, the base recipe rocks without its inclusion.
Gueze or Geuze is a type of lambic beer. You know the way a good pickle makes you pucker, this is the same guy, just in beer form. Not to say that it tastes like pickles in any way, but you get the point. Without getting too beer geeky on ya, it’s made by blending a 1 year old and 2-3 year old lambic, which then goes under a funky secondary fermentation, and that’s where the good stuff happens. Carbonation, sourness, it’s just a miracle of nature.
The likes of Lindemans, Oud Beersel, Tilquin, 3 Fonteinen, Boon, Cantillon will all be perfection. Stay away from anything flavored though. Cherry pickles, I don’t like the sound of it.
Like I said, you’ll be beyond stoked with the dip- without the beer, so don’t shy away because of it, just trying to reach out to my fellow beer lovers. Fellow beer lovers, you’re probably thinking “A Gueze! That’s just plain weird. That’s just plain wrong.” Well it’s not. And I know you’re not coming here looking for boring, run of the mill food. Embrace it. Trust me.
When it comes to throwing this together, if you like your dip a bit chunkier just dice your pickles finely and skip the food processor. Throw everyone in a bowl and mix the crap out of it.
These pretzels. Oh, these pretzels. Snyder’s of Hanover, you glorious pretzel beasts. Pumpernickel & Onion. Heaven.
If you aren’t fortunate enough to get these in your area, a good old pretzel rod or chip is a perfectly acceptable means of dip to mouth transport.
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Creamy Dill Pickle Dip
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sour cream
6 dill pickle spears, finely chopped
2 tablespoons pickle juice
1/3 cup Gueze, I used Lindeman’s Gueze Cuvee Rene
2 tablespoons Creamy Dill Mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons dried dill weed
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse several times until desired consistency is achieved.
Cover and chill for at least two hours. Serve with pretzels, chips, or veggies.