Saturday, December 10, 2011

Beer Soup


Ah, winter in Wisconsin.  Well, almost.  It's not here in it's full force, but it is getting cold(it was 9deg when I woke up today).  Even though it is cold, all things are right with the world because our beloved Packers are 13-0 and marching to the playoffs.

What do you think of when you think Wisconsin?  How about beer, cheese and brats.  It doesn't get much better than that when you sit down to watch the greatest team in the NFL destroy yet another opponent.  Okay, it's actually pretty darn good even when you are watching some other team, or even when you just want something warm on a cold day.

So, lets make some Beer Soup.  Here is what you need.

3 Cups of chicken broth
1 six pack 12oz bottles of beer.(you only need one bottle but since your buying it anyway....)  Don't go buying some nasty skunk beer (bud).  Get something that you would actually like to drink while you are watching the game.  Like Leinenkugel or something similar.
1 cup of cubed potatoes
1 cup diced onions
2 cans of condensed cream of chicken soup
1 lb of Velveeta  cubed (yes, I know it's questionable if it's actually cheese, but it's what works the best)
popped popcorn
Freshly ground black pepper to taste (I like a lot)

Now that  you're back from the store, this is what you do with it.

Pour the stock into a large pot and bring to a boil.  Add the beer, and onion, return to a boil and cook for 20 minutes.  Add the potatoes and cook until tender, about 20 minutes.  Reduce the heat and add the chicken soup, and cheese cubes.  Heat until the cheese melts (stir continuously) and soup is hot.  DO NOT LET IT BOIL! If you let it boil it could curdle and that would be nasty.   This holds true for all cream soups.
Add pepper to taste.
Serve with popcorn sprinkled over the top of each bowl. And a beer :)

To really make this a great meal, add your favorite brats cooked on the grill.  Everyone has a favorite brat right?  And yes, real men grill in the winter!

No this is not diet food, but why not!  It's football in the winter!




Stay hungry friends,
Peace

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