Today is Holiday Recipe Club! Erin over at Big Fat Baker came up with the idea a few months ago. We all get together near a holiday and Erin challenges us to come up with something from a list of ingredients. This month our choices were potatoes, pistachios or beer. I think based on the title it is pretty obvious I picked beer! I did do something with potatoes as well, but I posted about that yesterday. Do you want to join in the fun? Go to Holiday Recipe Club and Erin will give you all of the information.
My husband loves Beer Cheese Soup. There was a place in Cedar Rapids that had a great version of it. Being that I don’t like cheese, it isn’t really my favorite soup. But I have tried his before, and it is always been mild and surprisingly good. So at his request I took full advantage of the Holiday Recipe Club and attempted this soup for him. I think it was a resounding success! This recipe makes a TON, I mean like 12 servings! My husband ate this straight for 4 meals, and I froze the rest. He even took another one out last night for his dinner. Always a good sign with him!
This soup is pretty easy to put together. You could cut it in half very easily, but it does freeze very well. I even got to use my immersion blender, which doesn’t get used nearly enough.
Beer Cheese Soup
Adapted from St. Francis Brewery Recipe
3/4 cup onion, finely diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
3/4 cup carrots, diced
1/2 pound bacon, chopped
2 bottles Beer (I used Spotted Cow, but any Ale or Pilsner would work)
4 3/4 cup chicken stock
1 Tbls dry mustard
1 Tbls garlic, minced
1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 cup flour
2 pounds Cheddar Cheese
3 cups heavy cream
In a large pot brown bacon. Remove from pan, and drain on a paper towel. Remove bacon drippings, leaving about 1 Tbls in the pan. Add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic, saute until soft. Do not brown the veggies. Add flour and butter, stirring until the flour is cooked. Whisk in chicken stock, and beer. Add back in about 1/2 of the bacon, what is left will be used for garnish when serving. Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender you can use a food processor or regular blender. Bring the soup to a boil. Once boiling, over a medium heat gradually add cheese, and mix until smooth. Add the cream and dry mustard, whisk until combined and heated through. Serve garnished with bacon.