You’ll need just a cup of beer for this cheese ball, but buy a six-pack or a case; it’s not redundant to eat this pretzel-covered beer-spiked snack with a frosty mug of beer.
4 cups shredded Swiss cheese
5 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
5 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
1 cup ale, such as Bass
1⁄2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1⁄4 teaspoon coarse salt
dash hot sauce, such as Frank’s Red Hot
4 ounces pretzels, crushed, for coating
crackers or thick pretzels, for serving
1. Using a stand mixer or a bowl and a spatula, mix together
the Swiss, cheddar, cream cheese, shallots, beer, Worcestershire sauce, salt,
and hot sauce. Form the mixture into a ball and cover with plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
2. Before serving, roll the cheese ball in the pretzels to