Full of deep, nuanced flavor, this great recipe for an aged cheddar-Guinness cheeseball is great for entertaining at home or at a friend’s!Me

4 large shallots, thinly sliced, about 1 cup

1/2 tsp butter

1/2 cup Guinness beer, or other dark porter-style beer

4oz cream cheese, softened

8oz sharp white cheddar, grated

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 cup whole hazelnuts, toasted and chopped

Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

  1. Melt the butter on medium-low heat in a medium saute pan.  Add shallots, and saute until they become golden and fragrant, stirring frequently to prevent burning.  When shallots are fully carmelized, add the Guinness 1/4 cup at a time, stirring, and allow it to cook down and fully incorporate into the shallots.  Once fully absorbed but not dry, remove from heat, transfer to a bowl, and allow shallots to cool completely.
  2. Once cool, stir in Dijon, cream cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.  Fold in cheddar cheese and mix until completely combined.  Shape into a bowl, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving, or overnight.
  3. When ready to serve, roll ball in toasted nuts, pressing as you go to help them adhere.  Serve, and enjoy!
Original recipe found at countrylivingdownunder.yuku.com
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