Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Beer-Cheddar Soup

OK. Onions. Beer. Cheese.

Any questions? Make again.

[Oh and obviously I used Sam Adams because it's my favorite.]

soup

Beer-Cheddar Soup
Cooking Light, November 2007

Avoid using dark beer, which could make the soup too bitter. Toast the bread cubes a day ahead, cool, and store at room temperature. Serve the soup in a tureen with the toasted bread cubes and chives on the side, and let guests help themselves.

10 ounces sourdough bread -- cut into 1-inch cubes
Cooking spray
2 cups chopped onion -- (about 2 medium)
2 garlic cloves -- minced
12 ounces beer
4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth -- divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour -- (about 2 1/4 ounces)
2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk -- divided
1 1/4 cups shredded extrasharp cheddar cheese -- (5 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives

1. Preheat oven to 450°.

2. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan; coat bread cubes with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until toasted. Set aside.

3. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in beer; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes or until onion is very tender.

4. Place beer mixture and 1 cup broth in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Return pureed mixture to pan. Stir in remaining 3 cups broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.

5. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and 1 cup milk, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture and remaining 1 cup milk to pan; cook 12 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove pan from heat. Gradually add cheese, stirring until smooth. Stir in pepper. Serve with bread cubes and chives.

Servings: 12

Tips
Reviewers suggest using extra-sharp cheddar and Yuengling

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