Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
You'll need 8 ounces of block cheddar to yield 2 cups of shredded cheese.
2 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
8 ounces cream cheese , softened
1 garlic clove , minced
3 tablespoons beer
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/2 cup crushed pretzels
1. COMBINE INGREDIENTS Process cheddar, cream cheese, garlic, beer, and mustard in food processor until smooth.
2. SHAPE CHEESE BALL Following Step by Step photo at left, transfer cheese mixture to center of large sheet of plastic wrap and tightly wrap, shaping cheese into rough ball. Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours. (Cheese ball can be refrigerated for 2 days.)
3. COAT CHEESE BALL Once cheese ball is firm, reshape as necessary to form smooth ball. Unwrap and roll in pretzels to coat. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. Serve.