A Schmelzkäse is a melting cheese that can be prepared with different ingredients, These cheeses can be spreadable or used as a spread, party dip or Fondue.
One of the favorite cheese spreads is a Beer Cheese with Brie. Depending if you like to use this cheese as a dip or spread, you need to adjust the liquid accordingly. It will firm up when cooled and left in the refrigerator overnight
I tinkered around with different variations and added Beer, also Champagne or Wine to round off the taste. I served it with Pretzels or French Baguette at my Parties, and it was a big hit.
Prepare the basic recipe below without the parmesan. Once turning heat of stove on low, add a cubed half brie, 1 tsp granulated garlic, 1 tbsp. Mustard, juice of a half Lemon and 1/2 cup beer to your liking at the end. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with Pretzels as a spread or dip.
Champagne or Wine (Riesling) Cheese
Use basic recipe below, then add at the end up to 1/2 cup of Riesling or Champagne, 1 tsp granulated onions (optional), Parmesan can be replaced with 1/2 Brie, zest and juice of 1/2 lemon. This recipe can also be used as a Fondue
Beer Cheese dip: Prepare the basic recipe below without the parmesan. Turn off stove on low, add a cubed half brie, 1 tsp granulated garlic, 1 tbsp. Mustard, juice of a half Lemon and 1/2 cup beer to your liking at the end. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with Pretzels as a spread or dip.
Champagne or Wine Cheese spread or dip: Use basic recipe below, add about a 1/2 cup of Riesling or Champagne, 1 tsp granulated onions (optional) and zest and juice of 1/2 lemon. Dash of salt. This recipe can also be a Fondue cheese with French Baguette cubes dunked into it!
In a small bowl, mix cottage cheese and baking soda.
Let stand at room temperature for one hour.
This allows the curds to break down, and melt smooth.
Don’t add more baking soda, it will taste funny, and don’t worry if it’s not perfectly smooth after an hour.
In a large saucepan, melt Butter and Process Cheese at medium/low heat.
Stir occasionally until completely melted.
Add the broken down Cottage Cheese and Parmesan Cheese, then stir until smooth.
Stir. If mixture is very thick, add some milk.
Adjust liquid if you choose a dip or spread, it will get firm in the fridge.
See different add-ins and combinations in the summary!
Crusty French Baguette with a Fondue and Pretzel, Crackers with the Beer cheese. Pour into containers (for serving or storing) and cool. It will get firmer when cooled.