Thursday, March 1, 2018

Irish Cheddar Beer Soup

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Confession: I’ve never really been one to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Green is my least favorite color, so I don’t have any green clothing items and I always get pinched. Also, like I mentioned last week, I don’t drink, and I feel like that’s a big part of the holiday. So because I feel like I’ve neglected to celebrate it throughout the years, I decided to delve into the Irish cuisine and make something festive this year. This recipe is coming to you a little early because, to be completely honest, I thought St. Patrick’s Day was March 7 — not three weeks from now! Oh well! I hope you enjoy this Irish Cheddar Beer Soup! I’m telling you, what it lacks in nutritional value, it makes up for in taste!

Irish Cheddar Beer Soup
Yield: Makes about 8 cups of soup
  • 1 Tablespoon Challenge butter or bacon grease if you’re making bacon to garnish soup
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cans (14.5 ounces) chicken broth
  • 16 ounces Irish beer
  • 1 pound cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 16 ounces Challenge cream cheese, cubed so it melts into the soup more easily
  • 2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • Optional: Crumbled bacon and green onions, if desired for topping
  1. Set a large pot over medium heat. Add butter, onion, and garlic, and sauté for for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent. 
  2. Sprinkle flour and cayenne pepper on top, and stir until everything is coated
  3. Pour the chicken broth and beer into pot and bring to boil
  4. Add cheddar cheese, cream cheese, dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce to broth. 
  5. Whisk to melt the cheese and break up the cream cheese cubes. Continue to whisk at simmer until soup is completely smooth and slightly thickened, or about 10 minutes. 
  6. Garnish with bacon and green onions if desired.

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