Boulder, CO is the home of the Walnut Brewery. Somehow over the years they were associated (bought out?) with Rock Bottom Brewery. Same menu, but Walnut kept their different name. In college my husband and I loved to go to the Walnut for their beer and the Asiago Cheese Dip appetizer with beer bread. They still make their own beer, but unfortunately, they don’t have the cheese dip on the menu anymore!
In 2000, one of the Rock Bottom restaurants shared the Asiago Cheese Dip recipe with a local paper, and I happened to run across it on the internet. While you can not longer order this app at the restaurant, at least you can make it at home. And on a personal note, we don’t like mushrooms, so I leave those out!
Walnut Brewery Asiago Cheese Dip
- 4 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, reconstituted in hot water
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese, plus shredded Asiago cheese for garnish
- 1/4 cup green onions (cleaned, rinsed, and sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1/4 cup mushrooms (rinsed and sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
Squeeze all water our of tomatoes, then julienne cut into fine strips. it is important that all water be removed from tomatoes, and they must be added last, or dip will discolor.
Combine remaining ingredients, except tomatoes and cheese for garnish, in food processor. blend well at low speed. Add tomatoes and slowly mix by hand for about 1 minute. When ready to serve, heat through in microwave oven. Remove from microwave and sprinkle with Asiago cheese. Put in broiler and heat until cheese browns. Makes 3 cups.
Walnut Brewery Beer Bread
- 2-1/2 cups flour
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 9 1/2 oz pale ale beer
- 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 2 green onions, finely sliced (green part only)
- 10 oz jalapenos, finely chopped (optional)
- 1 tablespoon melted butter to coat bread
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add beer and mix well.
Add cheese, onion, and jalapenos, if using. Batter will be stiff.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly coat 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan with vegetable oil spray. Transfer batter to pan, spreading evenly. Brush top of bread with melted butter. Bake in preheated oven about 45 minutes or until bread is light brown. Remove from oven and cool. When cool, cut bread into 1/4-inch thick slices.
When ready to serve, put bread slices in broiler and heat until browned, about 1 minute. Makes one loaf.