Can you believe we are already back into football season? And football means tailgating, parties and food! Actually to be honest that is the only part of football I really enjoy–but Yankee Bill enjoys an occasional game and of course we love to head on over to friend’s houses to watch some of the big games.
Walmart asked me to share a “Game Time” recipe with you. So I pulled out my recipe file and flipped through found the index card my sweet Mother in Law had written the recipe for “Bar Cheese” on!
“Bar Cheese” is not a cheese that comes in a bar–it’s a spreadable cheese mix that is SERVED in bars 🙂 Made with cheesey goodness and an entire bottle of horseradish, this spicy spread will be a big hit at your next tailgating party!
The original recipe from my MIL used Velvetta–I decided to try my luck with real shredded cheese and used a mix of cheddar, mozzarella and some half and half to moisten it up. She also specified “Miracle Whip”–but I prefer real mayonnaise.
The hardest thing about going the Velvetta free route was the cheese melting process. Velvetta melts into a, well, velvety texture at the drop of a hat. Cheddar & Mozzarella. . . not so much. I mixed the two cheeses well in my double boiler, added 1/4 C of half and half, and kept on mixing and almost kneading the cheese with my spoon. It never went completely liquid:
- 8 oz Shredded Cheddar
- 8 oz Shredded Mozzarella
- 1/4 C half and half
- 5 oz Horseradish 1 bottle
- 3 tsp tabasco
- 1 C Mayo
Mix cheeses and half and half.
Place cheese mixture in a double boiler and stir until melted and pliable. It will not become completely liquid.
Mix in the horseradish and Tabasco.
Remove from heat and mix in 1 C of mayo.
Transfer into a container and cool in the fridge.
Enjoy with crackers.
According to the commercials, Velveeta is a mix of “Colby, Swiss, and Cheddar blended all together; for a cheese spread that melts with ease.” It would be interesting to try that mix and see if it turns smoother.