Sunday, February 6, 2011

Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup


Nothing would be more perfect to serve while watching the Packers win the Super Bowl!

Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 45 Minutes

Ready In: 1 Hour 15 Minutes

Servings: 8


The pride of the Midwest, this super soup combines beer and sharp Cheddar with milk (or cream), chicken broth, finely diced vegetables, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, and Cayenne. Serve with lots of popcorn floating on top!"

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups diced carrots

1 1/2 cups diced onion

1 1/2 cups diced celery

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

3 cups chicken broth

2 cups beer

1/3 cup butter

1/3 cup flour

4 cups milk or half and half

6 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon dry mustard

popped popcorn, for garnish

Directions:

1.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, stir together carrots, onion, celery, and garlic. Stir in hot pepper sauce, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Pour in chicken broth and beer; simmer until vegetables are tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat.

2.

Meanwhile, heat butter in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Stir in flour with a wire whisk; cook, stirring until the flour is light brown, about 3 or 4 minutes. Gradually stir in milk, whisking to prevent scorching, until thickened. Remove from heat, and gradually stir in cheese. Keep warm.

3.

Stir beer mixture into cheese mixture. Stir in Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and dry mustard. Adjust for hot pepper sauce. Bring to a simmer, and cook 10 minutes. Serve topped with popcorn.

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