Saturday, January 4, 2014

Beer and Cheddar Soup

Hello!  It seems that most of the US is experiencing bitterly cold temps right now, including us as we wait for the "polar vortex" to hit our neck of the woods Sunday and Monday.  I don't know about you but I'm a little tired of the cold weather and it is only early January.  We still have a couple of months at least of winter.  Ugh.  But on the positive side, cold weather is the best time to eat and cook one of our favorite foods; soups and stews of all kinds.  This one is amazing if you like bacon and cheese and really, who doesn't. 

Beer and Cheddar Soup

8-10 slices of thick cut bacon chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1/2 of an onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 TBS chopped fresh thyme
One 12 oz bottle of beer
3 cups reduced sodium chicken stock
4 TBS unsalted butter
1/4 cup flour
8 oz sharp yellow cheddar cheese, grated
4 oz smoked cheddar cheese, grated
salt and pepper


Cook bacon in a large pot over medium heat until crisp and fat is rendered.  Transfer to paper towel with slotted spoon.  Add celery, onion, garlic and thyme to bacon fat and cook until soft.  Add half of the beer and cook until reduced by half.  Add broth and bring to a simmer.

In a small skillet melt butter and then add the flour.  Cook, stirring this until slightly browned, about 2 minutes, and then add to soup.  Whisk until incorporated and continue to simmer until thickened.

Add the cheeses and the rest of the beer and simmer until thick and creamy.  Stir in the bacon and salt and pepper to taste.  Serve it up with some crusty bread.

There really is nothing like a pot of homemade soup simmering on the stove on a cold day, right?

Enjoy!  And stay warm!! :)

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  1. Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  2. Beer+Bacon+Cheese is sure to be a hit with my husband! Especially since North Florida is also experiencing a cold snap!

  3. Yum! I made a big pot of minestrone that we've had two days in a row now. I do love me some winter soups.

  4. Yum! This looks amazing! Saving this to my to do list for cooking :)

  5. your home must smell heavenly when you're cooking this :) I love to cook on our woodstove, always have a big pot of 'something' bubbling away in the winter months ~ thank you for the recipe!
    Lori from Notforgotten Farm

  6. We just might have this tonight while watching Downton Abby!! :) Sounds delicious and easy. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hmmmm...good! Thanks so much for sharing this. I used to have a recipe that's very similar and somehow I lost it. Will definitely make this!

    I finally have a new computer so I'm anxious to catch up. Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!


  8. This is just the ticket. I had some leftover crumbled bacon from spinach salad and a small portion of a breakfast ham slice leftover from breakfast (we just got our 1/2 pig delivered a few weeks ago) and decided to use them along with some red potatoes. . . . they were all going in! I added the chopped ham and bone in with the chopped potatoes after I brought the broth to a boil. It's finishing up now, and I'll add the crumbled bacon just before serving with a crusty baguette :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Cannot wait to try this recipe. Thank you so much.

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  11. Ok, YUM! no other words but YUM, ok maybe YUMMY! :)

  12. Thank you for sharing this great recipe. I made it for supper this evening and our family loved it.


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