Guinness Baked Cheese Dip is a terrific appetizer, with 3 cheeses, caramelized onions, and Guinness beer! Served hot, you’re gonna love it!
Guinness Baked Cheese Dip is a terrific appetizer, with 3 cheeses, caramelized onions, and Guinness beer! Served hot, you're gonna love it!

My husband and I love to order hot appetizer dips (if available) at restaurants when we go out. Typically we order hot artichoke dip and stuff ourselves silly with the gooey cheesy dip. A while back I saw a recipe for a Baked Cheese Dip online which had caramelized onions and Guinness beer in it. Normally, I don’t even like the smell of beer, but this recipe sounded so delicious, so I knew we absolutely HAD to try it!

One of the cheeses used for this dip is called Dubliner cheese, which I’d never heard of before, but my husband found it easily at our Fred Meyer grocery store (Kroger). Dubliner cheese is a hard, light yellow-colored cheese that is slightly salty, nutty, and reminiscent of a flavorful Parmesan to the bite.

I made a couple slight changes to the original recipe, by adding shredded Parmesan cheese to the Dubliner and cream cheese already in the recipe. I also baked it in two 4″ cast iron skillets. That way my husband and I could have one, and I could give the other to our son (and his girlfriend), so they could enjoy it, too! Guinness Baked Cheese Dip is really quite delicious, and here’s how to make it:

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Let’s Caramelize Those Onions!

Caramelizing onions takes time, but results in sweet, well-browned, amazing tasting onions, which bring great flavor the dip! To do this, melt butter on medium-low heat in a large skillet. Add thinly sliced onions and a nice big pinch of salt, and then toss, to coat the onions with the butter. It looks like LOTS of onions, but once caramelized, they’ll be greatly reduced in size.

Cook the onions slowly, giving them a toss often as they brown. Continue to cook, turning often until they are soft in texture and wonderfully browned. This will take about 20-25 minutes on medium-low heat. Just be patient, and let those onions caramelize – you’ll be glad you did! Remove the caramelized onions from the heat and let them cool completely.

Thinly sliced onions are cooked in melted butter in skillet.Caramelized onions are nicely browned in butter before adding to dip mixture.

Prepare The Dip Mixture

While the onions cool, prepare the dip mixture AND preheat your oven to 400°F. Place cream cheese, mayonnaise, PART of the Dubliner cheese, and PART of the Parmesan cheese in a medium bowl. Stir well, to fully combine ingredients. The remaining cheeses you set aside will be used to top the dip before baking.

Once the onions are cooled to room temperature, stir them into the dip. The onions need to be cooled so they don’t melt the cheeses! Add the Guinness beer and stir well, to fully incorporate it into the dip. This dip recipe uses ¼ cup of beer, and the alcohol in it will cook away in the oven, leaving only the flavor.

Three cheeses and mayonnaise are combined in a bowl.Caramelized onions are stirred into the dip mixture in the bowl.Guinness beer is added to the cheeses and onion dip mixture in bowl.

Final Step Before Baking

Spread the dip mixture into an 8″ cast iron (or oven-safe) skillet OR two 4″ cast iron skillets. You can also use an oven-safe baking dish, if desired, to make this baked dip. NOTE: For these photos I used two 4″ cast iron skillets to make two separate appetizer dishes! 

Once the dip is evenly spread in the skillet, sprinkle the top with the reserved shredded Dubliner and Parmesan cheeses. Now the Guinness Baked Cheese Dip is ready for the oven!

Dip is spread in a cast iron skillet and topped with shredded cheeses.Two 4" cast iron skillets filled with cheese dip before baking.

Place a sheet of aluminum foil under the skillet in the oven (to catch any spills). Cook the Guinness Baked Cheese Dip at 400° F. If using an 8″ skillet, you will need to bake the dip for 25-28 minutes. The two 4″ skillets will only need to bake for about 13-15 minutes.

When done, the Guinness Baked Cheese Dip will be browned on top and the cheese will be bubbly. Transfer the hot skillets to a wire rack, and let the dip cool for 10-12 minutes before serving! The baked cheese is VERY hot, and you don’t want anyone to burn themselves on “molten lava” hot cheese!

Hot Guinness Baked Cheese Dip cools on wire rack after baking.

Serving The Guinness Baked Cheese Dip

After the cheese dip has cooled sufficiently, it is ready to serve. Serve the Guinness Baked Cheese Dip with crisp, sturdy crackers, toasted baguette slices, or pita chips. Crackers, baguette slices, etc. should be sturdy enough to hold the weight of the cheese dip as it is scooped up!

The cheesy onion dip tastes wonderful with it’s complex flavors, and I’m confident you and your family or friends will enjoy it!

A skillet of Guinness Baked Cheese Dip is served with crackers as an appetizer.Scooping up the hot, baked cheese dip with one of the crackers.

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Recipe adapted from Laurie McNamara at: simplyscratch.com/guinness-dubliner-dip

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Guinness Baked Cheese Dip
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Resting Time (cooling)
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Guinness Baked Cheese Dip is a terrific appetizer, with 3 cheeses, caramelized onions, and Guinness beer! Served hot, you're gonna love it!

Category: Appetizer/Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Guinness baked cheese dip
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 205 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 5 ounces Dubliner cheese DIVIDED USE, shredded
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese DIVIDED USE, shredded
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Guinness beer
Crackers, toasted baguette slices, etc. for serving
    Instructions
    1. Melt butter on medium-low heat in a 8" cast iron skillet (or two 4"), OR an oven safe skillet. Add onions and salt; toss to coat onions with butter. Cook onions slowly on medium-low, stirring often until soft in texture and fully browned (20-25 minutes). Remove skillet from heat; let onions cool completely.

    2. While onions cool, preheat oven to 400°F. AND prepare dip. Place cream cheese, mayonnaise, HALF the Dubliner cheese and HALF the Parmesan cheese in a medium bowl. Stir well, to combine. Once onions are cooled to room temp, stir them into the dip. Add Guinness beer and stir well, to combine.

    3. Evenly spread dip mixture into an oven-safe baking dish, 8" cast iron (or oven-safe) skillet OR two 4" skillets. Sprinkle top with reserved Dubliner/Parmesan cheeses.

    4. Bake at 400° F. NOTE: If using 8" skillet, bake for 25-28 minutes. Bake two 4" skillets for approx. 13-15 minutes. When done, the dip should be browned on top and cheese will be bubbly. Transfer hot skillet(s) to a wire rack; let dip cool 10-12 minutes before serving with crackers, pita chips or toasted baguette slices!

    Nutrition Facts
    Guinness Baked Cheese Dip
    Amount Per Serving (1 (1/8 of total))
    Calories 205 Calories from Fat 144
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 16g25%
    Saturated Fat 10g63%
    Trans Fat 1g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Cholesterol 44mg15%
    Sodium 433mg19%
    Potassium 107mg3%
    Carbohydrates 5g2%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 3g3%
    Protein 9g18%
    Vitamin A 310IU6%
    Vitamin C 1mg1%
    Calcium 144mg14%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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