Sunday, December 21, 2008

Beer Cheese Soup Extrordinaire

I haven't made a beer cheese soup in a long time and decided it was cold enough to warrant making one. I looked up a few recipes for a general idea and decided to make mine extra special by adding bacon and some vegetables. Bacon makes everything better! I served with fresh baked bread.

It turned out to be creamy, a bit spicy and really tasty!

1 cup carrots chopped
1 cup diced celery
2 peeled and diced russet potatoes
1 yellow onion chopped
1 large container of chicken stock and one can (I used a combo of chicken and beef as that is what I had)
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp Cayenne
1/8 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 can diced green chili's
16 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated (I used Tillamook)
1 12oz can beer, I used a nice amber ale
2 tsp flour
1 lb bacon, diced

Place your diced bacon into your soup pot and cook until crisp, remove and set aside

Drain most of the bacon grease, add your carrot, celery and onion and cook until the onion is translucent. Add your chicken stock, dry mustard, Tabasco, Cayenne, Worcestershire sauce, green chili's and beer and cook until the potatoes are fork tender. Taste for spiciness and salt and pepper, add as needed.

In the meantime sprinkle your cheese with the flour mixture and coat well.

Add your cheese, mixing until well incorporated and thickened. Depending on the thickness of the soup and your taste, you can add a roux to thicken it more. Check again for taste and add more of anything you like, i.e. Cayenne, salt, pepper, etc.

Serve sprinkled with bacon on top!


NuKiwi said...

DIVINE!!! Like a sort of fondue soup with bacon - YUM. (I can already feel it going to my hips, and it's just a photo!)

Heather said...

mmmm. megan and i make this soup pretty often. we always top it with homemade garlic croutons and scallions. it's SO GOOD, huh? i love dunking like a tomato sandwich in it. mmmmmmm. i love the mustard, cayenne and chilis! i'll bet it added such a wonderful spice!

MaryBeth said...

No cayenne for me and no celery for Ed, but otherwise we would be all over it. YUMMO!!!

Darius T. Williams said...

Such a classic soup...and with bacon on top - this is done right!


Pam said...

Looks and sounds tasty... I know my husband would love a bowl of this.

Paula said...

Ssssooouuup! YUM! What time should I come over for a big bowl of this outstanding soup? LOVE it! I really like the use of sharp cheese along with the bacon and ale. YUM!

Jan said...

This looks like my kind of soup. Great job, Cheryl. Stay warm. It looks like you've been getting a lot of snow in your part of the world.

Kevin said...

This sounds like a perfect soup!

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