Beer Cheese Soup

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JAHelgy
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Beer Cheese Soup - Tue, 02/15/05 9:40 AM
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Has anybody ever tried beer cheese soup? A few months ago, I tried some in a small resturaunt just outside of milwaukee......of course, Wis. is the beer & cheese capital of the world. It sounds like a goofy combo for a soup, but it is outstanding!!!


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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Wed, 02/16/05 7:47 PM
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I'd love it if someone could get a recipe for this soup, or, JA if you could describe it. I've heard of it but never had it myself.

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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Wed, 02/16/05 8:14 PM
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I buy it in a box from a local fish and seafoods fellow that stops in. The soup is in a bag that you boil and than dump out into your pot. I've tried to make it from scratch, but this is actually better. The brand is Restaurant's choice. The soup should be served with popcorn on top.

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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Wed, 02/16/05 8:15 PM
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Try this recipe and add items to suit your whims:

# 1 tablespoon margarine
# 1/2 cup chopped onion
# 1 clove garlic, minced
# 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
# 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer
# 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
# 3 tablespoons cornstarch
# 3 tablespoons water
# 2 cups half-and-half cream
# 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

# In a large pot over medium heat, melt margarine. Stir in onion, garlic and Worcestershire and cook until onion is translucent. Pour in beer and bring to a boil. Pour in chicken broth and return to a boil. Then reduce heat, stir in OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS* and heat through.
# In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 3 tablespoons water, stirring to dissolve. Set aside. Stir half-and-half and Cheddar into the soup until the cheese melts. Stir in cornstarch mixture and continue to cook and stir until soup thickens. Serve at once.

*OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS: Cooked cauliflower and/or broccoli florets; diced smoked sausage; diced, sauteed carrots and/or celery; or nne of these. Could also top with snipped parsley and/or chives.

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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Wed, 02/16/05 8:29 PM
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Edge & Gizmo, thanks for your posts. Gizmo's recipe sounds easy enough for me to make and I can hardly wait. easy is a criteria for me these days. I'll make some popcorn as well.

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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Wed, 02/16/05 8:48 PM
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I forgot to add, you may want a thinner broth, so just vary the amount of corn starch. I've also added chopped leftover potatoes and mashed potatoes, which of course thicken the heck out of it. And a palmful of diced green or red pepper towards the end is good too.

Infinite variations are possible!

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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Wed, 02/16/05 9:03 PM
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Yeah, I'm a bit afraid of the corn starch. It can give the soup a gritty taste.

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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Thu, 02/17/05 9:50 AM
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I've never made it, but I think a handfull of broccoli would really add to the taste.


--James

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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Mon, 02/21/05 2:17 PM
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I have purchased a dry mix to which you add your own beer. The soup is a favorite with my family. It comes in a box that looks like a cheese wedge with a tiny bottle of TABASCO attached with a ribbon. I have never found it in big box supermarkets such as Stop and Shop, Price Chopper etc. I but it when I see it usually little shops.

Walt

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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Mon, 02/21/05 8:55 PM
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Originally posted by waltpiii

I have purchased a dry mix to which you add your own beer. The soup is a favorite with my family. It comes in a box that looks like a cheese wedge with a tiny bottle of TABASCO attached with a ribbon. I have never found it in big box supermarkets such as Stop and Shop, Price Chopper etc. I but it when I see it usually little shops.

Walt


The soup mix is made by Turtle Island.

Walt

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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Tue, 03/1/05 3:14 PM
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I got a recipe last week & tried it on Sunday.......Not nearly as good as the stuff I had.

JAHelgy
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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Tue, 03/1/05 4:02 PM
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PS::::::: THANX GIZ!!!!!!!

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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Thu, 03/3/05 9:27 AM
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Two places for good beer cheese soup in the Kenosha/Racine area are: Ron's Place in Kenosha on 52nd Street & the Chancery in Racine. The Chancery restaurants in the Milwaukee area serve it too.

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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Thu, 03/10/05 9:23 AM
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RON'S PLACE IS AWESOME! I love their walleye............the 5x5's aren't bad either!

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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Thu, 05/12/05 12:54 PM
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Originally posted by Theedge

Yeah, I'm a bit afraid of the corn starch. It can give the soup a gritty taste.


Corn starch should be mixed with ice cold water prior to adding it to scant boiling broth/water. If it's mixed in this manner there should never be any lumps, certainly no gritty taste.

What are you currently using for a thickener?

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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Tue, 05/17/05 11:18 AM
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Thanks for the hint. I don’t make soup very often, but when I do I just thicken with a rue. I’ve tried thickening stir fry sauce with corn starch, didn’t care for the results. My brother has been using it lately and says it’s very good. I’ll have to give it another try.

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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Tue, 05/17/05 11:35 AM
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I haven't been able to read through the whole topic but, if it hasn't been suggested, try topping your soup off w/ a handful of fresh popcorn.

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RE: Beer Cheese Soup - Wed, 05/18/05 1:36 PM
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Even when using it for stir frys you really need to add cold liquid to cornflour first to make it into a thin paste. Mix it VERY thoroughly and then add to your dish. Better to add too little at a time than too much and make it into cement.

I also use roux or beurre manie to thicken soups sometimes, but they can alter the essential character and balance of a soup or dish in a way thats not to my taste at that time, so yes cornflour can be very useful