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German-Swiss Party Soup

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The first course for the dinner party was this cheesy soup. I told you yesterday that this party was all about cheese and I wasn’t kidding!

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Then there was the beer. Since I was serving 20 people, I tripled the recipe. And since I’d bought a nice variety of German beer for the party, I used a variety for the soup too. Honestly, any beer will do. No need to go out and buy anything special, whatever you have on hand, German or not, will work perfectly.

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A few photos of my sweet guests!

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Apple-Cheese Beer Soup   

4 strips bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 rib celery, diced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
1/4 cup flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 bottle German beer
1 ½ cups milk
6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
4 ounces smoked Gouda, grated

cook-bacon

In a large pot over medium heat cook the bacon. Cook until the bacon is very crisp. Remove the bacon from the pot reserving the drippings.

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Add the butter to the pot with the drippings, once the butter melts, add the onion, apple, carrot and celery. Season with salt and pepper.

add-spices

Cook until tender, about 5 minutes, then add the dry mustard, paprika, cayenne pepper, and garlic. Stir to combine and cook for another 5 minutes, or until the apples and vegetables are very tender.

add-flour

Add the flour and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, to cook out the raw taste of the flour.

add-beer

Reduce the heat to medium-low and slowly whisk in the chicken broth, stirring to smooth out and prevent lumps.

add-milk

Slowly add the beer and then the milk. Once combined increase the heat to medium-high and cook until the soup comes to a boil and thickens about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

blender

Working in batches, purée the soup in a blender until very smooth. Transfer back to the pot and add the cheese, stir to blend until the cheese is melted.

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Heat the soup over low heat to re-warm. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired.

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Serve the soup with the chopped bacon as garnish.

Serves 8


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2 comments

1 Tram Mai { 10.13.16 at 2:44 PM }

This soup was so delicious and hit the spot!! Btw, in case anyone was wondering, Peggy and I are the ones in silhouette!!

2 Linda Hopkins { 10.13.16 at 9:33 PM }

Yes, the two beauties in the front are in the dark. Not the best lighting! xoox

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