Cheddar Cheese and Beer Soup

  • 45 mins
  • 14 ingredients
  • Servings 6-8
  • Prep 15 min
  • Cook 30 min
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb bacon, plus 4 extra strips, cut into small pieces
  • 4 tbs butter, cut into chunks
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 lb sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs Tabasco sauce
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup warm amber beer
  • chives, chopped for garnish
  • crispy bacon for garnish

Directions:

  • Add the bacon to large sauce pan and fry until almost crispy. Reserve about 1/4 cup of the bacon for garnish.
  • Drain off most of the fat, then add the butter.
  • When the butter has melted add the celery and onion and saute until onions are translucent and celery is tender.
  • Add the flour and using medium heat whisk until a roux forms.
  • Continue to stir until all lumps have been removed and the roux isĀ blondeĀ in color.
  • Slowly add the chicken stock while continuing to whisk until smooth.
  • Meanwhile warm the milk in the microwave, then carefully add the the sauce pan and stir to combine.
  • Add the cheese a little at a time and continue to stir until all of the cheese has melted.
  • Season with salt and pepper, then add the Worcestershire, Tabasco and beer.
  • Allow to simmer for another 15 minutes, then taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  • To serve, ladle soup into bowls and garnish with chopped chives and the reserved bacon.

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