Millennial Grocery Guide

Warm Cheddar Ale Dip

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How this guide works: Ingredients are broken down into approximate location in the grocery store. There is also a cost of ingredients scale ranging from $ (very cheap) to $$$$ (extremely expensive - I'm not sure any of my recipes even have an ingredient like this yet). You'll start with the bare bones from your pantry, then grab some dry goods before picking up your dairy (lots. of. dairy.) and a bottle of beer (or hey - why not grab a 6 pack while you're at it).

About Millennial Staples: These are items you should always keep stocked in your fridge, freezer, or pantry. It will make throwing together a quick dinner easy and simplify grocery shopping. It allows you to purchase food on sale, and all these items are extremely unlikely to go bad before you use them!

From Your Pantry

  • Ground black pepper $ to taste
  • 3 tablespoons flour $

Dry Goods

  • 3 tablespoons flour $ All purpose flour works best. My favorite brand is King Arthur Flour - their headquarters was a mile from my school, and we'd love to walk there on warm-weather weekends and treat ourselves to a pastry.
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard $ This is entirely optional but if you want to add a bit more flavor it does add a nice depth of flavor to the dip.


  • 2-3 cups shredded Cabot Cheddar cheese $$ Any cheddar will do...but Cabot is the best. I went to college basically on the Vermont border and Cabot is like the holy grail of cheese up there. You'll notice the difference. If you're really lazy and sacreligious, you can buy pre-shredded cheddar cheese.

  • 3 tablespoons butter $ Unsalted works best because the cheese is already really salty, but if all you have is salted, that's fine too.


  • 2 loaves of good bread or 2 baguettes $$ Good bread is worth the splurge on this one. We'd always buy King Arthur Flour baguettes from the on-campus cafe in college and chow down on one before the dip was even ready. I prefer baguettes, but a crusty sourdough will also pair well with the cheesy beer dip.


  • 1-12 oz. bottle of beer $$ While almost any beer will work, I would recommend an ale or maybe a lager for this recipe (whatever beer you use changes the flavor profile slightly). One of my go-to's was Switchback, a local brewery in Burlington where we got to visit & tour. Any kind of ale - nothing fancy needed - will do the trick, but it's also fun to experiment with different breweries and brews!