Sierra Nevada Pale Ale & Fiscalini Farms Cheddar Cheese Soup

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale & Fiscalini Farms Cheddar Cheese Soup

4f8464e1bade0f173db3132e20c79565½ C. onion, fined diced
1 T. garlic, minced
6 slices of bacon, diced
1 T. butter
½ C. all-purpose flour
6 C. vegetable broth (I used chicken broth)
1-12 oz. bottle Sierra Nevada Pale Ale beer
2 C. heavy cream
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. prepared horseradish
2 T. Dijon mustard
2 Bay leaves
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
½ lb. grated cheddar cheese
Sourdough Croutons, for serving (recipe follows) – don’t skip!
Chive Oil, for garnish
Extra bacon bits, for garnish (optional)

Heat a 6 qt. stockpot over medium heat and add the diced bacon. Cook until bacon is 2/3’s done. Add the butter, onions and garlic and continue cooking an additional 3 minutes or until the onions are translucent. When ready, mix in the flour to make your roux, cook for additional 3 minutes. Using a whisk, slowly add the stock and heavy cream until it has all been incorporated. Bring contents of stockpot to a boil; add the Worcestershire sauce, mustard, horseradish and bay leaves. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the ale and cheddar cheese, whisk soup until smooth and all the cheese has melted and has been thoroughly incorporated. Remove the bay leaves, adjust the seasoning, and keep hot until you are ready to serve. Garnish with Ahwahnee Sourdough Croutons and Chive Oil, and extra bacon bits if desired

Ahwahnee Sourdough Croutons

1 sourdough baguette
1 T. clarified butter (I used bacon fat)
2 T. olive oil
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 C. chopped parsley
1/2 C. finely grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese
Salt, to taste
Pepper to taste

Remove crust from the bread; cut bread into small cubes, 1/2-inch by 1/2-inch, which should yield approximately four C. of bread cubes. Warm clarified butter and olive oil together over moderate heat in a large sauté pan; add garlic and sauté lightly to perfume olive oil-butter blend; remove garlic. Add bread cubes to sauté pan with olive oil-butter blend, then add the parsley, cheese, salt and pepper. Coat all bread cubes evenly. Arrange seasoned bread cubes on a sheet tray, and bake at 350 degrees F until golden brown, approximately 12 minutes.

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