Lately, the papers have been filled with Father’s Day advertisements. There’s always at least one worth a good chuckle, like the ad showing a dad dressed up in a tie standing over a hot grill. One year I saw an ad for a bright yellow polo paired with crisp white shorts modeled by a dad shown “working” on a car. Wouldn’t that be a slap in the face if you spent $120 on the outfit only to have it turn into your dad’s mechanic wear? Then there are always the beer ads to “toast” good old dad along with the personalized #1 Dad stein shown.
I guess the ads worked. My mind has been flooded with thoughts of grilling and beer. Those two thoughts led me to this old-fashioned cheese crock. It is something I enjoy slathered on a burger or with leftover grilled sausage.
Yes, it is the old-fashioned beer cheese, but I don’t like to label it as such for it is so much more. It’s a tasty way to use up jalapenos and their juice from the jar. Speaking of leftover juice, pickle juice works, too. Cheese and pickles are never a bad idea and this combination goes perfectly on a hot dog!
Put Your TO COOK IS TO CREATE Thinking Cap On: Think about all the different kinds of cheese and flavors of beer. How could changing each change the depth of flavor? I like to add diced jalapenos to my cheese, especially when using the jalapeno juice, for a spicy spread. What other ingredients could you add? Chopped roasted pecans add a nice texture. How about adding diced pickles, diced onions, pimentos, or olives. Black olives blend nicely with white cheddar cheese and Emmental cheese. Not in the mood for grilled sausages, burgers, or hot dogs? Serve this cheese crock with hot pretzels. Not a beer lover? Try your favorite wine. Feeling nostalgic making this cheese crock and have leftover cheese? Continue the memories and make Old-Fashioned Cheese Straws.
FOOD FUN: Do you have any antique crocks? If you look around the internet you will find some go for some big money. But the most interesting thing that I came across was the past use of crocks to preserve leftovers. Crocks would be tied in streams to keep the contents cool, obviously before refrigeration, but how “cool” is that?!