Friday, January 25, 2013

A Beer and Cheeseburger Soup

Well, if that old sayin' is true and the way to a man's heart is really through his stomach, then this here soup should be the poster board dish to accomplish just that.  I mean, you find me a man that does not like a beer with his burger....... they are few and far between I bet.  This soup embodies both distinct flavors and rounds them right in together.  It really truly is just as tasty as it sounds.  I would label this a must-make recipe for any one that has a guy that likes a beer with his burger.

1 lb. of 80/20 ground beef
1 large vidalia sweet onion (chopped)
3 stalks of celery (sliced thin)
sea salt and fresh cracked pepper
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
2 bratwurst (grilled and diced)
1 tsp. of McCormick's Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning
3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1 pint of whipping cream
1- 12oz. can of a beer of your choice
2- 14.5oz. cans of chicken stock
1/4 tsp. of ground cumin
1 bay leaf
2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 lb. of sliced brick cheese (from the deli)
1- 14.5oz. can of petite diced tomatoes (drained)

-In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, break up your ground beef into small bits.  Then add in the onion,celery and a good amount of salt and pepper.  Once the meat is cooked and the veggies are translucent, add in your garlic, diced cooked bratwurst, and steak seasoning.  Once you can smell the garlic (about 30 seconds or so), stir in the flour to coat it all with.  Continue to stir and cook the flour onto the mixture for a minute or two.  Once it has begin to just barely brown on the mixture, go ahead and pour in your whipping cream and cook this down a bit so it thickens up.  Once it begins to come to a boil, pour in the beer, chicken stock, cumin and bay leaf (making sure you are stirring throughout the entire preparation).  Bring this all up to a boil again and stir in your cheeses and drained tomatoes.  Once every one's in the pot and all melted down it is ready to serve or just cover and simmer on low until you are ready.  Serves 4.

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