Nuts About Cheese
White Cheddar Lager Soup
- 4Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 medium carrot chopped
- 2 celery sticks chopped
- 1/2 yellow onion chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 12oz lager or pale ale beer (whichever you prefer or have on hand)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 8oz shredded white (Fiscalini or any brand of white preferred)
- salt and pepper to taste
- bread bowls
- 1Tbsp jalapeno chopped (if you like a bit of spicy)
- 1/4 cup bacon bits
- chopped parsley or chives
- In a medium stockpot, melt the butter. Add in carrots, celery, , garlic, and salt. (Also add jalapeno here if you want the heat.) Cook until tender about 10 minutes.
- Add in flour stirring constantly to avoid browning. Cook for a couple minutes.
- Whisk in chicken stock and beer slowly. Add bay leaf and let simmer for 20 minutes.
- Turn off heat and let cool for a bit before stirring in milk and heavy cream.
- Add contents to blender or leave in pot and use immersion blender. Blend until smooth.
- Turn heat back on and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn back down to a low simmer.
- Whisk in until it is well combined.
- Let simmer for another 15 minutes as soup thickens. If consistency is thicker than desired then add more chicken stock. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve in bread bowls and garnish with bacon bits, chive, and/or parsley if wished. (If you want to get more Disney with it, garnish in a shape of a Mickey head!)
This one’s for adults only. It is the Festival afterall! You can create your own version of the Honey Bourbon Lemonade at home by grabbing your favorite brand of Bourbon Whiskey, honey, and fresh lemon juice. Just mix to your own personal preference!
If you are looking for option instead, a Roussanne would pair nicely. As mentioned before, this can be a hearty so having that white could cut down the heaviness. Roussannes tend to have lime, citrus, and stone fruit notes that goes well with a lager flavor.