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Cheese & Bratwurst Hot Dip Recipe

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This easy cheese and bratwurst hot dip recipe delights!

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield®. The opinions and text are all mine.

If friends, food, and fun are on your summer bucket list you’ll need some great recipes for those backyard parties and impromptu get-togethers. Make great and easy recipes—like my cheese and bratwurst hot dip—delectable! Thanks to Smithfield for their Yuengling Bratwurst and Kroger for sparking the idea.

Cheese & Bratwurst Hot Dip Recipe

When we moved to our new home last summer, I was convinced my life would be forever mellow. How could it not be?

We love the floor plan of the house. It is comfortable for our family, works very well for entertaining, and it’s easy to take care of.

And we’ve already done extensive yard work—probably more to come—but the backyard is awesome for grilling and get-togethers.

Hot Dip with Cream Cheese

The neighborhood is a pleasant, safe environment with well-kept homes and nice neighbors. Plus, there’s the nearby lake and sandy beach which is excellent for paddling our kayaks, long family walks with the dogs, and general hanging out in the sunshine.

Those details should add up to a laid-back lifestyle.

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Hot Dip Recipe


You take your personality with you. And I’m a workaholic. An easy-to-get-along with, recovering workaholic—but the tendencies goad me to do more! Forget sleep! Experience it all!

Our energetic seven-year-old enjoys tennis lessons, ball practice, and hanging out with his friends. Family bike races and Mike’s marathons keep us moving. We love to travel and soak in new surroundings and savor extraordinary tastes.

Homemade Hot Dip

I love living! And as much as I sometimes crave quiet down time, busy suits me.

There. I said it out loud. I own it.

But that doesn’t mean I like to make work for myself.  I’m all for simplifying so more can be loaded into each day! That’s one of the reasons I’m always on the lookout for delicious recipes that don’t take forever. I’m a foodie who likes to socialize.

Easy Hot Cheese Dip Recipe

On one of our New York jaunts, Mike tried Yuengling Lager. He loved it. It’s a classic craft beer famous for its rich amber color, medium-bodied flavor, and distinct character. It’s something about their combination of cluster and cascade hops.

Yuengling is America’s oldest brewery. They’ve been in operation since 1829 so they sure have the brewing expertise—and Mike says you can taste it.

Beer and brats are a perfect pairing for any get-together, especially during summer grilling season. But that’s not the only way to enjoy their rich flavor. I was inspired by the pairing to make this cheese and bratwurst hot dip recipe. It is delicious. It is simple. It is perfect for foodies who like to socialize!

Smithfield Foods is the world’s largest producer of pork products, which includes their craft collection bratwurst. Their commitment to quality and flavor has rightfully earned Smithfield the title of “Ham Capital of the World”.

Brat Recipe

Both Smithfield and Yuengling have built rich legacies based on quality, flavor, family, and a pride for the heritage they’ve developed.  When Smithfield and Yuengling partnered to create the ultimate beer brat, they combined the legendary Smithfield taste with Yuengling’s fine handcrafted beer.

Taste the excellence for yourself. You’ll find Smithfield® Craft Collection™ Yuengling Traditional Lager Bratwurst at Kroger and select locations. Yuengling Lager is mainly sold in the eastern and southern U.S. but if you can get your hands on it, Mike assures me it is the best brew to complement the brats. You can save $1.00 when you purchase ONE Smithfield Yuengling Bratwurst right now as well. They’re also very tasty off the grill too!

If friends, food, and fun are on your summer bucket list and you try to do it all, make my easy cheese and bratwurst hot dip. Just add chips or even veggies and you’re on your way to foodie nirvana…with time to experience it all!

Cheese & Bratwurst Hot Dip Recipe

Cheese & Bratwurst Hot Dip Recipe

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  • 1 pound Smithfield Yuengling Bratwurst
  • 1 ½ packages softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 green onions, diced
  • salt and pepper


  1. Remove the brats from the casing and brown in a pan over medium high heat, breaking it up into small bite-size pieces as it cooks.
  2. In a separate bowl, add cream cheese, cheddar, onions and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. When the brats have cooked through, add to the cheese mixture; mix until well combined.
  4. Pour the dip into a small oven-proof pan or pie plate.  Bake at 425 for 10-15
    minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it’s okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.