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Bothwell 2 Year Old Smoked Cheddar and Beer Soup from Bothwell Cheese Inc.
The perfect comfort food, you'll want to make this soup a staple on cold winter nights. The sharp taste of our award-winning 2 Year Old Smoked Cheddar gives a deep, smoky taste to this classic rustic fare. Use a beer that's light in flavour like a lager or pale ale and be sure to make enough for seconds! Serve in extra large bowls with sliced baguette on the side.
3 tbsp butter
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 clove minced fresh garlic
2 tbsp flour
2 bottles beer (approx. 660 ml each)
2 cups whipping cream
¾ cup chicken stock
300g Bothwell 2 Year Old Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped chives (optional)
Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Cook onions and garlic until soft. Add flour and stir for 2 minutes. Pour in beer at an angle, stirring constantly. Add cream and stock and simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring often. Gradually add grated cheese, stirring constantly until melted. Do not boil! Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with chives.
Pair the hearty and rich flavours of this soup with a bottle of Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.
Yield: 12 servings
Recipe supplied by : Chef Jason Wortzman