Monday, October 15, 2012

Best Beer Cheese Soup


Here is a recipe for the week.....we made this soup this weekend and it was wonderful.  We found the recipe on allrecipes.com and altered it just a little.  (Yes I don't believe we EVER make anything straight by the recipe alone....haha!)

Just a few of the ingredients we used for the Beer Cheese Soup.


Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp of unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp of minced onion (we used a sweet onion)
  • 1 tsp of minced garlic (use fresh, trust me!)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can or bottle (12 oz) of light beer (OK, we didn't use a light Corona, but you could!!!)
  • 1 3/4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 tsp of ground mustard
  • 2 cups of half and half cream (we actually used Lactaid for our son and it still turned out thick and creamy!)
  • 3 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 4 oz of Velvetta (about 1/8 of a large block)
  • 1/4 cup of corn starch
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • salt and pepper (season) to taste

Directions:
  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Cook the onion and garlic in butter until the onion is tender.  About 5 mins.  Pour in the Worcestershire sauce and beer.
  2. Bring to a boil for about 3-5 minutes.  Stir in chicken broth and mustard.  Reduce heat to medium/low (we definitely used low on our gas stove).  
  3. Pour in cream while stirring
  4. In a separate bowl, toss together the shredded cheddar cheese and flour.  (not the Velvetta!)
  5. Add shredded cheese/flour mixture to the saucepan slowly until melted.
  6. Whisk together the corn starch and water in a small bowl, stir into cheese mixture in saucepan. Continue to whisk as it heats up and thickens.
  7. Just as it is hot enough, add in your Velvetta cut into small squares.  Continue to whisk and stir until it is melted.  This will thicken up your soup just a tad bit more.  (IF it gets too thick you can add a few extra tbsp of chicken broth if needed!)  
  8. Season to taste.  Serve. 

We served ours with freshly sliced bakery baguette and Frito Scoops.  Also could be served with popcorn!  This is a yummy cold weather soup!  Or just a great Football Weekend (we like Saturday football almost more than Sunday!) Beer Cheese Soup!  Here is the original recipe we started with!  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/football-sunday-beer-cheese-soup/  

My favorite tool when making this recipe is my Oxo Good Grips Whisk.



This does a great job at whisking the cheese as it melts. Hope you enjoy and try this amazing soup.  It was a really top recipe for us!!!  
Enjoy,

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