Our Growing Edge: Autumn Beer Cheese Soup

 

 

This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims at to connect food bloggers from all over the world and inspire us to try new things.
This month is hosted by my utensil crock – a full-time attorney with an enterprising cooking habit 🙂

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We’re been talking about beer cheese soup for a while but never really took the time to find the perfect combination of ingredients. Then a few days ago we were encouraged by the wind and rain to make soup and having all the ingredients in the pantry made it a quite easy soup choice 😀

W chose to submit this exact recipe to Our Growing Edge as the recipe and combination of ingredients is totally new to us and it turned out to one of the best soups we have ever made!! 

For some it might sound strange with beer and cheese in a soup, but we promise that it tastes fabulous and can be served both as a week night dinner or as a starter when having guests over for dinner.

Hope that you we will love this soup as much as we already does, and if you have any suggestions for other variations of this recipe, you are welcome to leave a comment 🙂

 

Ingredients (6 servings)

2 pounds potatoes, peeled

3 large onions

2 tbsp. butter

4 tbsp. flour

1 tbsp. cayenne pepper

3 cups beer

2 cups chicken stock

3 cups whole milk

1 cup aged cheddar cheese, shredded

Salt & Pepper

 

Garnish

15 bacon slices

1/2 cup aged cheddar cheese, shredded

2 slices rye bread, cubed

 

Slice the onions and cube the potatoes. Sauté both in melted butter for 3-5 minutes before adding the cayenne pepper. Stir to combine.
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Sprinkle the flour on top of the sautéed vegetables and stir a few times before adding all the beer. Let reach the boiling point before turning down the heat a bit.

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The add chicken stock and milk and let simmer for 30-40 minutes before adding the shredded cheddar cheese. Taste and season with salt and pepper.Beer Cheese Soup 3

While the soup is simmering you can fry the bacon and make the rye croutons. Cut the bacon slices into smaller pieces and fry it. Use a fork or spoon to transfer the fried bacon to plate with paper towel – leave as much bacon fat on the pan as possible. Beer Cheese Soup 4

When all the bacon has been removed from the pan you can add the rye bread cubes to the bacon fat. Let fry until crisp and season with salt.Beer Cheese Soup 5

Remove the soup from the heat and blend it until smooth and thick. Put the lid on the sauce pan and let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Garnish the soup with shredded cheddar cheese, bacon crisp and rye bread croutons and serve with a good glass of red wine 🙂

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Ingredients (6 servings)

900 g potatoes, peeled

3 large onions

2 tbsp. butter

4 tbsp. flour

1 tbsp. cayenne pepper

7.5 dl beer

5 dl chicken stock

7.5 dl whole milk

2.5 dl aged cheddar cheese, shredded

Salt & Pepper

 

Garnish

15 bacon slices

1.25 dl aged cheddar cheese, shredded

2 slices rye bread, cubed

Delicious Cheese Cake

My husband and I met back in 2009 and after only a few weeks he asked me to come visit Atlanta where he grew up. I immediately panicked as I hate to fly, but I also knew that he was the one – my soulmate and I therefore decided to go.

Even thought we had only known each other for a few weeks we had both discovered a common passion: food! Another thing we had already discovered was our disagreements on the concept of cheese cake – he loved it, I hated it. He therefore invited me to The Cheesecake Factory on our first day in Atlanta. This day I realized the true potential of a great and delicious cheese cake. For those of you who don’t know, there two kinds of cheese cake: the baked one and the unbaked one with gelatin – in Denmark we most often get the unbaked one, so I really didn’t had anything to compare with.

Since that day I have loved all sorts of cheese cake and will try to upload as many different recipes as possible.

This recipe I got from my mother-in-law who baked it for the boys (my husband and his two younger brothers) when they were kids – and I must admit, it is delicious!

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Ingredients (12 large servings)

6 oz. crackers, crushed

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 stick butter

4 eggs, separated

2 cups sour cream

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tbsp. flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1 pound cream cheese, room temperature (don’t use low-fat)

 

Combine the first four ingredients (crushed crackers, 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon and melted butter). Press into a 9-inch springform pan and bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 10 minutes and let cool.

Beat egg whites and 1/4 cup sugar until stiff with soft peaks and set aside. Without washing the beater, beat egg yolks until light and thick and add sour cream and vanilla extract. When combined, beat in rest of the sugar, flour, salt and cream cheese. Mix well and make sure that the texture is smooth and fluffy. When the right texture is reached, fold in egg whites until just combined. Be careful that you only fold – not whisk, as whisking will ruin the fluffiness of the cake.

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Traditional Cheese Cake 2_Fotor_CollagePour the texture into the springform pan and bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool down and refrigerate for at least 12 hours  before serving.

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This cake was made for a 25th surprise birthday party. It it covered with whipped cream and jelly covered berries 🙂

 Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (12 large servings)

170 g crackers, crushed

0.6 dl granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

113 g butter

4 eggs, separated

5 dl sour cream

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2.5 dl granulated sugar

2 tbsp. flour

1/4 tsp. salt

450 g cream cheese, room temperature (don’t use low-fat)