Tuesday, July 19, 2016

German Beer Cheese Soup and Hatch Pepper Cheese Soup

German Beer Cheese Soup!

4 C Vegetable Broth. I use a Vegetarian Chicken Broth. You can use Chicken Broth if you're not Vegetarian.
1 - 12 oz. Bottle of Good German Lager Beer.
1 C finely diced Onion
1/2 C finely diced Carrot
1/2 C finely diced Celery
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce. I use a Vegetarian version.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
1/2 C Heavy Cream
3 C Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese + additional for Garnish.
1/4 C Cornstarch
Thinly sliced Chives for Garnish.

In a large Soup Pot on Medium Heat:
Garlic Powder
Worcestershire Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Mix well and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat.
3 C Cheese
Cook for an additional 15 minutes.
Stir often until Cheese is melted.

Whisk well.
Continue cooking for 10 minutes.

Remove from heat.
Serve immediately.
Garnish each serving with additional Cheese and Chives.

Peace in the Kitchen!

Hatch Pepper Cheese Soup

This can be made with Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack Cheese if you don't have access to Hatch Pepper Cheese.
As the weather cools down and Fall and Winter approach, I make Soup!
I make it every weekend.  I  create many original soup recipes. and I have hundreds of recipes available to me. When we go to the Mennonite Central Conference Sale in Kansas every year, I immediately go to the booth that sells Mennonite and Amish family recipe books. They have incredible Soup recipes.
Here's one of them. I have adapted it to make it my own. It can certainly be made with Cheddar Cheese. I liked the idea of a "white" creamy soup.

4 TBS Butter
1/2 C finely chopped Onion
1 clove of Garlic, minced
4 TBS Flour
2 C  Whole Milk
1 C Vegetarian Broth
1 C Heavy Cream
1 C of shredded Hatch Pepper Cheese
1/2 C canned diced Green Chiles

Melt Butter in a Soup Pot on medium heat.
Add Onion and Garlic.
Saute until soft.
Add Flour and whisk until smooth.

Combine Milk and Vegetable Broth.
Slowly add it to the Flour mixture, stirring constantly until it begins to thicken.
Reduce Heat to low.
Add Cream.
Gradually add Cheese, stirring constantly.
Do not allow it to boil
Fold in Chiles

Peace in the Kitchen!

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