As a Canadian man with a wife from Wisconsin, there is certainly never a shortage of cheese or beer in our house. This delicious soup incorporates both into a dish like nothing you’ve probably ever tasted before. This vegetable broth based soup is hearty, filling, and delicious. With a bit of bite from the horseradish, and great depth of flavour thanks to the sauteed onion, garlic, and roasted red pepper, this sharp cheddar and dark beer soup is a perfect dish to start off any meal and perfect to feed to your hungry football playoff guests.
Serve it with a hearty bread so your guests can clean the inside of their bowls – they’ll be talking about it long after your meal is done.
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
6 cups vegetable stock
1 x 15 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained & finely chopped
24 ounces dark beer (e.g. Guinness, Leffe Brune etc.)
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
Salt and pepper, to taste
Chopped parsley, for garnish
In a heavy stockpot over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add onions and saute until onions are soft - about 5 minutes - then add garlic.
Cook for 3 minutes more, then stir in flour, and cook for 3 minutes more, stirring often.
Add stock slowly and stir to make sure all flour is dissolved. Add roasted peppers and beer and bring soup to a boil. Lower heat and simmer soup for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Take off heat, slowly stir in grated cheese and horseradish, then puree with a handheld immersion blender.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.
Adapted from Jenny Levison
2014 is ramping up into holiday season before bidding us a fond adieu. That means a lot of entertaining and cooking for friends and family. To help you stay inspired I went through all of the YMC recipes I posted this year and chose my absolute favourites for you below.
So what are you waiting for? Gather some of your favourite people around and send 2014 out in delicious style!