1/2 lb (2 cups) grated Cheddar cheese (do not buy pregrated - buy good Cheddar - I like sharp Vermont white for this and grate yourself with box grater - this is critical)
3 T. milk
1 T. beer
4 oz (1/2 c.) butter
1 tsp. prepared English Mustard (I like Coleman's)
Pepper to taste (I like using white ground pepper in this)
2 T. chopped mixed pickle or chutney - "chopped mixed pickle" is refering to something like Branston Pickle - which you can find in the British foods section of your local grocery. This is a mix of pickled veg and not pickles as American's think of them - you can leave out if you like but they are tasty. I use the "small chunk" variety of Branston when I make this.
Add grated cheese, milk, butter and beer to crock and cook on high until melted, stirring occasionally. Once melted and creamy, turn crock to low and add mustard, pepper to taste and pickle if desired. Serve at once over toasted buttered bread. Can be kept in crock on warm setting for a bit if needed which I'll do to serve for the festival. Can also be used for a fondue type dish and can dip veg and bread into. It's cheesy and yummy - nothing not to love.