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Potted Beer Cheese

Potted Beer Cheese (Potted Judy)

Adam and Jackie Sappington
“Though this family recipe is similar to a pimento or potted beer cheese, the Sappington family version is called Judy. Family legend has it that my grandpa Sappy coined the name, though no one really knows who the true Judy was.

“We serve Judy as a bar snack with crackers and on top of our burger at The Cat, but actually think its best use is as a picnic food. When preparing Judy at home, make sure you hand grate the cheese. Finally, know that Judy is best made several days in advance; her flavor only improves as she festers.”


  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese coarsely grated (about 4 cups)
  • ¼ large yellow onion coarsely grated
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup American lager
  • ¼ cup olive juice from a can of olives
  • 4 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Crackers for serving


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cheese, onion, beer, mayonnaise, olive juice, Tabasco, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix on medium-low speed until soft and slightly creamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the Judy to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 24 hours or up to 1 week. Bring Judy to room temperature before transferring to a serving bowl and digging in with crackers.

Adam and Jackie Sappington

This recipe comes from the cookbook Heartlandia: Heritage Recipes from Portland’s The Country Cat, which is based on husband-and-wife team Adam and Jackie Sappington’s acclaimed Portland restaurant, The Country Cat Dinner House and Bar. Adam, Executive Chef and a self-taught expert in whole animal butchery, and Jackie, Executive Pastry Chef, make food that is the definition of soulful, heartwarming comfort food.

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