Beer cheese soup is a hearty dish that warms you up even on a bitterly cold winter day. There is more than one kind of recipe, but the most popular comes from Wisconsin.
Here, we will go through the steps to make Wisconsin-style beer cheese soup. It is a really easy dish. You can find the ingredients at home and it takes only half an hour at most before it’s ready to serve.
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 cup of diced onions
1 cup of diced carrots
1 cup of thinly-sliced celery
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon of hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/3 cup of butter
1/3 cup of flour
2 cups of chicken broth
2 cups of milk or half-and-half
2 cups or cans of beer, use light beer for lesser beer flavor, and a stronger beer for more
6 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon of mustard
2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
Use a large saucepan. Lightly grease the pan with some olive oil, and then stir-fry onions, carrots, and celery over medium heat. Keep stirring for two to three minutes before adding garlic. Then, add chicken broth and beer, and sprinkle a pinch of black pepper and cayenne pepper over the mix. Leave on simmer until the vegetables are soft.
While waiting for the vegetables, use a large soup pot to melt butter over medium-high heat. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly to avoid clumps in the mixture. Wait until the flour turns light brown before pouring in milk. Stir frequently until you get a rich, thick texture. Take the pot off the heat and add cheddar cheese one half-cup at a time.
Now, add the vegetable broth to your soup pot, and put it back on medium-high heat. Stir until the vegetables, broth, cheese and flour are well mixed. Add Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Add the teaspoon of pepper sauce as well. Leave on simmer for several minutes, taste-test, and add more seasoning until you are satisfied with the flavor.
Optional Ingredients and Dishes:
Some recipes use boiled potatoes and sliced ham, sausage or bacon in beer cheese soup. You can also use them as garnish. Other popular choices for garnish include croutons, broccoli, small pretzels, and crumbled bleu cheese for the cheese fanatics, and even popcorn.
Since beer cheese soup is a rich, flavorful dish, it is best served with bread on the side. However, it can also go well with any other food, such as kebabs, chicken wraps, salads, and sandwiches.
Keep being ewenique!